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Dedicated to preserving the 200-year legacy of the Canterbury Shakers, Canterbury Shaker Village recently joined the NH Heritage Trail, which extends from Portsmouth to Plymouth and several points north and west.

NH Heritage Trail President and Executive Director of the Wright Museum of WWII in Wolfeboro, Michael Culver said the addition adds “a new dimension to the collaborative group.”

“They are unique amongst all members on The Trail, which now number 17 strong,” he said. “Entering our 4th year as an organized entity, The Trail is poised for big things in 2017.”

Susan Bennett, executive director at Canterbury Shaker Village in Canterbury, NH, said joining The Trail made sense in several ways.

“It’s a great way to give Canterbury Shaker Village greater visibility,” she noted. “At the same time, it allows us to work with other museum professionals in New Hampshire on matters of common concern and to learn from each other.”

Set on 700 acres and 29 buildings, Canterbury Shaker Village provides visitors with “a place for learning, reflection, and renewal of the human spirit.” Open from June through late October, Canterbury Shaker Village is open daily, May 6 – October 27 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. To learn more about Canterbury Shaker Village, www.shakers.org.

In commenting on The Trail, Culver added, “Where else can you see a 200 year-old Shaker village and museums that include everything from a US Navy submarine to fresh water boats, a 1914 castle, U.S. Constitution drafts, live animals, airplanes, WWII memorabilia and so much more?”

Museums on the Trail include the Aviation Museum, Albacore Park, American Independence Museum, Canterbury Shaker Village Castle in the Clouds, Lake Winnipesaukee Museum, Libby Museum, Millyard Museum, Museum of the White Mountains, New Hampshire Boat Museum, NH Historical Society, New Hampshire Farm Museum, Portsmouth Historical Society @ Discover Portsmouth, Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm, The Belknap Mill, Woodman Museum, and Wright Museum of WWII.

To learn more about any museum on The Trail, visit www.nhmuseumtrail.org.