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The Shaker Heritage Society is a non-profit organization that engages in award-winning historic preservation and educational programming. The Society is actively concerned with preserving the integrity of the Watervliet Shaker National Historic District, site of America’s first Shaker settlement. The mission of the Shaker Heritage Society is to strengthen our community through educational programs and historic preservation focused on the Shaker ideals of sustainability, equality, compassion, cooperation, and the pursuit of a meaningful life.

The Church Family site, where the Society’s offices are located, is the heart of the 770 acre Historic District. The property includes nine remaining Shaker buildings, herb garden, open fields, apple orchard, Ann Lee Pond nature preserve, and the Shaker cemetery where the founder, Ann Lee is buried. Visitors are welcome to picnic, hike, enjoy a concert or workshop or just relax and experience the atmosphere of this special place.

Check our programs and events to find an event that might interest you. We offer many fun educational activities for kids including education programs that meet K-12 New York State learning standards. Our barn is a popular wedding venue. If you’d like to host an event at the Shaker Heritage Society, visit our facility rentals page. Looking for corporate retreat facilities? We can help! Contact us today for more information.

The Society relies on individual donations to sustain its education programs and efforts to revitalize the historic site.
We can’t succeed without your help so please donate today and help save a part of America’s great heritage!

Shaker Heritage Society
25 Meeting House Road
Albany, NY 12211

We are a Blue Star Museum

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