Canterbury Shaker Village will offer visitors a unique opportunity to not only learn some history, but restore a part of it at its popular two-day Stone Wall Workshop.
“In this workshop, you will learn a skill you can readily apply at your own home,” said Leslie Nolan, executive director of the Village. “This workshop has proven to be one of our most popular.”
The hands-on workshops will be led by master stone artisan and mason Kevin Fife, who will also discuss the history of stone walls in New England and show participants different types of walls throughout the Village. Some walls in New England date back to the mid-1600s.
“Some sections of the stone walls at the Village are more than 200 years old, so the history is quite rich here,” added Nolan. “We supply lunch and the tools. It’s work, but we will take good care of you.”
To enroll in the Village’s Stone Wall Workshop, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on October 21/22, visit shakers.org. The workshop includes materials, gourmet lunch, and drinks each day. Tuition is $250 per person per workshop.
Designated as a National Historic Landmark for its architectural integrity and significance, the Village features 25 restored original Shaker buildings, 4 reconstructed Shaker buildings, and 694 acres of forests, fields, gardens, nature trails, and mill ponds under permanent conservation easement.
Canterbury Shaker Village is a member of the NH Heritage Museum Trail, which connects the public with culturally rich heritage institutions in New Hampshire. For more information, visit nhmuseumtrail.org.