1830 Brick Dwelling

Built in 1830, this large dormitory-like structure housed 100 sisters and brethren. Several earlier buildings were moved in order to make room for the massive brick house. It incorporates a meeting room, dining room, large kitchen and food storage spaces, several bedrooms or “retiring rooms” and two levels of attic storage space. Revolutionary innovations for the time period include two large “sliding cupboards” or dumbwaiters, interior windows and transoms, skylights, and built-in cupboards and drawers.

Museum visitors can participate in our daily music program in the Brick Dwelling meeting room, and chat with costumed interpreters about daily Shaker life. In the fall, our Shaker Supper programs offer a guided tour and Shaker-inspired meal in authentic surroundings.

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