Opening day at Canterbury Shaker Village is May 6

  • Scenes around Canterbury Shaker Village in Canterbury on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

Monitor staff
Published: 5/3/2017 3:30:31 PM

Canterbury Shaker Village will have its opening day festivities Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., including the heifer parade, in which cows from Brookford Farm that will spend the summer grazing on fields will be led around the various historical buildings.

The parade is appropriate because the Shakers took cows seriously. In the former dairy room, you can see a fond remembrance of Lilly Bell, the Guernsey cow that founded the community’s dairy herd, producing 18 calves in her 22 years of life.

If that’s not enough, there will be butter-churning demonstrations, as well as tours of the housing, the produce-canning business (including a pantry bigger than some apartments) and the country’s only Shaker dwelling house preserved in its original location.

The following Saturday, May 13, is the 10th annual Canterbury Shaker Village 5K race, giving people a chance to hoof it (so to speak) around the pond and fields.

Other events planned for the summer include Summer Celebration dinner and auction on June 21; Shaker Inspirations music and dance on Aug. 5; and the Artisan Festival on Sept. 16. Halloween and Christmas also see events.

The village is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 27. Cost is $19 for adults, $9 for youths and children under 6 are free, with group discounts available. There’s a $45 family rate for two adults and two or more children under 18.

The village is at 288 Shaker Road in, as you would expect, Canterbury. Drive slowly when you get there because the road is really beat up – but don’t blame the town; it’s state-maintained.

For more information, call 783-9511 or check the website at

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