Diane Sasson


For more than fifty years, Laura Holloway-Langford and the Mount Lebanon Shaker community sustained a complex relationship which has been preserved in correspondence written between 1874 and 1926. In her prime, Holloway-Langford was well known as an author, a supporter of progressive cultural and social causes, and an advocate for unconventional religious ideas. In 1906, she purchased the Upper Canaan farm from the Mount Lebanon Shakers, initially intending that it become a spiritual retreat. It was only after the deaths of her closest Shaker friends that Laura Holloway-Langford left Brooklyn to make her home on this property, where she died in July 1930, in obscurity, isolation and poverty.

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