Free Admission to Mothers on May 12

Trails Network also Available for Walking and Nature Observation

Runners are invited to participate in Canterbury Shaker Village’s 12th annual Cross Country 5K, part of the Northeast Delta Dental Capital Area Race Series. The course is entirely off-road, winding through the beautiful woods and fields of the Village, and is open to walkers as well as runners. Pre-register at or sign up the day of the race beginning at 8:30 am.  The race begins at 10:00 am. 

Registration is $25 and children 10 and under are free. Proceeds support continuing preservation and education efforts at Shaker Village, a National Historic Landmark that preserves 25 buildings and 700 acres for public enjoyment and learning.  Prizes and complimentary refreshments will be provided at the completion of the race.

Sponsors include Northeast Delta Dental, Runner’s Alley, Grappone Automotive, 43 Degrees North, Dartmouth Hitchcock, D.L. Carlson Investment Group, Cigna, Concord Oral Surgery, and Franklin Savings Bank.  Food and drinks are donated by The Works Café in Concord, Stonyfield Organic, and Crystal Rock Bottling.

On Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, all mothers receive free admission to Shaker Village when accompanied by at least one other family member who pays regular admission.  Eat lunch at the Creamery Café, or buy all the supplies to enjoy a picnic on the grounds.  The museum will be open for tours at 11 am and 1 pm.

This winter and spring, the Village’s trail stewards have been hard at work clearing and marking the Meadow Pond Trail, a 1.7 mile loop that begins behind the Hubbard Visitor Education Center.  Follow the blue blazes on the trees, and note that where there are two blue blazes, the trail makes a turn. 

Meadow Pond Trail runs through hemlock and mixed forest then emerges at the edge of the completely undeveloped Meadow Pond.  From there, the trail runs along the pond’s shore to its northern edge and along a massive stone-lined spillway, then climbs gently up to the foundation of combined sawmill and turning mill built by the Shakers in 1805.  Beaver and muskrat live nearby.  From there, the trail follows a gravel road eastward to Shaker Road and returns to the center of Shaker Village. 

Dave Emerson led the group of volunteers who rejuvenated this trail.  “We did the chain saw work this winter, then blazed it and finished brushing and tread way clearing as the snow was melting. Now we’re working on other trails on the east side of Shaker Village. This is a beautiful place for short and not too strenuous hiking.”  Information about all the trail walks at Shaker Village can be picked up at the Admissions Desk.