We had such a wonderful time at the Shaker Village and as promised I thought you would like to see some photos of there vast stitching rooms. The Shaker woman would take turns in doing things. Some weeks it would be stitching and some weeks in the kitchens baking or tending to the fruit crops and vegetable gardens.
Everyone had their duties. They shared work and chores and the men took the hard heavy labour. There were four elders in charge of the community two being men and the other two woman. Everything was talked over and discussed and therefore fair and even.
The Shaker woman really were extremely talented in stitchery and art, some wrote beautiful poems and sayings and all were encouraged to be artists.
They made what ever they could and bought what the could not make. They would make beautiful capes with hoods and these were sold outside of the community as well so that they might earn money to buy things they needed. They would collect seeds from their vast gardens of fruit and vegetables and these were sold as well ( they were very popular as the seeds were very good indeed) everything they did was done properly. There saying 'hands to work and hearts to god' was one of their mantra's.
The kitchens and the sewing rooms are splendid believe me and I stared in
There are still bits of unfinished sewing and all their tools there as well. Until the 1990's there was still a shaker lady still alive and living in the village in private rooms.... She was the last shaker here and wanted it all to be preserved for people to see and learn from.
If any of you reading this get the chance to visit this magical place then jump at the chance believe me......
I hope you have enjoyed your little tour .... Have a great day and Happy Stitching!