Shaker Furniture: Simple Beauty in Everyday Design

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Simplicity, purity and utility have been the founding cornerstones of Shaker furniture, design and living for nearly as long as America has been a nation. In 1774, Ann Lee arrived in New York with nine followers of a religious sect known as the Wardleys. They settled near Albany, where they developed into a community completely dedicated to spiritual living. Because their rituals included shouting and trembling, the religion's followers became known as Shakers (a combination of the words Shaking and Quakers).

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Over the next 106 years, the Shaker movement grew to include nineteen religious communities scattered from Maine to Ohio to Florida, with a following of around 6,000 members. This included the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village in Maine, founded in 1783.

This is the last active Shaker community, and is located just a few towns over from Sturbridge Yankee Workshop.

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Simple Beauty in Everyday Objects

The Shakers sought to apply harmony and order to every aspect of life. As they put it, "Do your work as though you had a thousand years to live and as if you were to die tomorrow". Simple, honest style and fine craftsmanship are the hallmarks of Shaker design.

Strurbridge Yankee Workshop's Shaker Furniture is handcrafted in Maine, where fine workmanship and quality materials create valuable pieces you will be proud to have in your home or office.

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