In the Harvard Shaker village today, there are eleven surviving buildings built by or used by the Shakers, one in the North Family, three in the South Family and seven in the Church Family. Between 1791 and 1918, the Shakers had at least seventy structures. So if eleven still stand, what happened to the other fifty-nine buildings? Three of these buildings are the subject of this article. The three buildings addressed include one of the earliest buildings, the First House, built in 1792, and two of the last buildings built by the Shakers: the South Family’s Brick Shop of 1854 and the North Family’s dwelling, often referred to as the “Rural Home” of 1853. All three of these buildings still stood when the Shakers sold their property in 1918.
American Communal Societies Quarterly
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