Daughters of the American Revolution Award $10,000 to Canterbury Shaker Village

Daughters of the American Revolution has awarded $10,000 to Canterbury Shaker Village to support the restoration of the Schoolhouse (c. 1823/63). Begun in 2021, the multi-year project is part of a Village-wide initiative to identify and address the needs of all surviving Shaker buildings on the property.

Schoolhouse Restoration

“We are very grateful for this grant from the Daughters of the American Revolution,” said Leslie Nolan, Executive Director of the Village. “The Schoolhouse is an amazing structure whose preservation is essential to our mission and ability to tell engaging, inspiring, and educational stories about the Shaker legacy that still exists today.”

In addition to a new roof, the project includes the repair and partial replacement of deteriorated clapboards, gutters, rainwater leaders, and other exterior features along with repainting and restoration of 26 windows. The project is expected to be complete by early 2024.

The project has been made possible by financial support from Daughters of the American Revolution, The 1772 Foundation in cooperation with the N.H. Preservation Alliance, Cogswell Benevolent Trust, and Eppes-Jefferson Foundation. The project was also supported by money raised through NH Gives in 2020.

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

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 nhmuseumtrail.org.