Canterbury Shaker Village to Host Simply Shaker: Village Gathering

On Thursday, June 23, Canterbury Shaker Village will host Simply Shaker: Village Gathering, which will feature an open house, cocktails and appetizers, Shaker-inspired buffet dinner, live music, and more. The Village’s largest annual fundraising event, Village Gathering includes a sneak preview into the new visitor orientation film, produced by SALT, the inaugural James Garvin Award, and special updates, including the ongoing Schoolhouse restoration project.

“This is a chance to really take in the full scope of our magnificent 700-acre property while under a tent overlooking Turning Mill Pond,” said Executive Director Leslie Nolan. 

Village Gathering concludes the Simply Shaker Annual Fundraiser, which also features an Online Auction taking place June 10 – June 20. The auction features everything from sommelier-selected wines and special artisan wares to getaway packages and exclusive tours.

Established in 1792, Canterbury Shaker Village represents one of the oldest, most typical, and most completely preserved of the Shaker Villages. Subscribing to a revolutionary Christianity that shocked their contemporaries, the Shakers challenged nearly every mainstream ideal of American society, believing in communal ownership, pacifism, dancing in worship, equality of the sexes, celibacy, and living simply.

“Both events celebrate the Shakers’ rich heritage and play an important role in helping us continue to interpret Shaker life through engaging tours, exhibits, buildings, gardens, and programs,” said Nolan. “We invite the public to join us in one or both fun events.”

Tickets for Simply Shaker: Village Gathering are $100 per person or $750 for a table of 8. Click to purchase tickets. Simply Shaker: Online Auction opens Friday, June 10 at 9AM and concludes Monday, June 20 at 11:59PM. Click here to register for the auction.

About Canterbury Shaker Village
Featuring 694 acres of forests, fields, gardens, nature trails, and mill ponds under permanent conservation easement, the Village is designated as a National Historic Landmark with 25 restored original Shaker buildings and 4 reconstructed Shaker buildings. In addition to tours, exhibits, and programs, Canterbury Shaker Village provides wonderful, relaxing, and beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces for weddings and events.

Canterbury Shaker Village is a member of the NH Heritage Museum Trail, which connects the public with culturally rich heritage institutions in New Hampshire. For more information about The Trail, visit