The Utopian religious community commonly known as the Shakers was established here in 1776 by “Mother” Ann Lee. The Shakers are renowned for their technological innovations, music, architecture and furniture. The Watervliet (Albany) Shakers were entrepreneurial inventors of household objects like the flat-broom, pacifists involved in abolitionist causes, and strove to achieve gender and racial equality within their community. This exhibit will introduce visitors to the basic tenets of the Shaker faith, the rhythms of their daily lives, and the ongoing efforts of Shaker Heritage Society to preserve their legacy.
Visitor parking is available in the public lot located behind the Visitors Center via Spencer Street off Broadway.