Acceptance, creativity, inspiration, generosity, inclusion, and empowerment happens in spaces, buildings, and landscapes that are kept in working order, or are purposefully brought into working order. At Shaker Village, it’s this interplay between the historic surroundings, living culture, and people that manifests a sense of “spirit” found at few other places. The preservation of this spirit is as important as the buildings, fields, and forests where it dwells.
The Shakers, with the help of architects, easement stakeholders, and qualified consultants, recently completed a comprehensive plan for Shaker Village, its buildings, and its landscapes. The vision of Sister Mildred, Brother Ted, and other past generations of Shakers formed the baseline of this plan and Brother Arnold updated its scope to ensure that Shaker Village, its mission, and its programs remain true, responsive, and relevant for future generations. Their goal is to increase sustainability, preservation, and meaningful relationships with the people of Maine and beyond.
This plan includes analyses, recommendations, and proposals for the Village’s populations, economy, housing, transportation, community facilities, renewable energy, and land use. Tremendous considerations have been taken to ensure beneficial outcomes for the Shakers, their home, and the people they serve.
Rehabilitation, reconstruction, and new construction will create indoor and outdoor spaces that are specifically designed to extend the season of operation, develop new types of experiences, serve new audiences, and further develop enterprise. This represents the Shakers’ intentional shift from a summer tourist attraction toward a year-round, local destination where anyone, including neighbors, local and regional residents, and students of all ages interact as a community and make return visits to engage onsite throughout the year in ways never possible before.