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Sunday, July 23, 2023

More than 150 farms throughout the State of Maine join in this one-day celebration of agriculture and farming. Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village is among the oldest farms in Maine still operated under the same management, since 1783. See Scottish highland cattle, a flock of more than 50 sheep, bees, barn cats, apple orchards, herb gardens, and vegetable gardens.

Featured activities of the day include guided tours of the 1830 barns — now under an active historic preservation project with the National Park Service Save America’s Treasures grant:  speak with Aaron Sturgis of Preservation Timber Framers as he guides you through this historic and literally groundbreaking work!

There will be tractor-drawn wagon rides, honey bee display and hives, tours of the Shakers’ historic herb gardens, and traditional craft demonstrations: woodcarving, blacksmithing, yarn spinning, chair seat weaving, “Lamb to Loom” demonstration, rug hooking, Letterpress Printing by Grant House Press, & much more. BBQ lunch plates will be for sale while supplies last.

Shaker Store and Shaker Museum Visitors’ Center are open. Book signings Mary Doyle -Unique Maine Farms, and Don Perkins- Barns of Maine. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see parts of Shaker Village that are not regularly open to the public! Bring your cameras and your whole family!

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