The Simple Gifts of Shaker Village
Everything with a purpose
Everything visitors see today was carefully considered more than a century ago. Wooden pegs lined the walls so that no tool, hat or candle was ever out of reach. Oversize double boilers prevented huge batches of apple butter from scorching. And those upside-down hanging chairs? Helped keep ash and dust off the seat. In fact, the only thing the Shakers didn't seem to figure out was their survival: A doctrine of celibacy practically guaranteed the group's demise.