The 1772 Foundation in cooperation with Maine Preservation announced on May 6, 2022 that the Shaker Herb House received a $7,500 challenge grant for the installation of a security system in the new Herb House.
The rehabilitation of the Herb House is Shaker Village’s largest capital project in its history. The 3-year $4.3 million project will produce more than 8,000 square feet of space for year-round, public educational programs, a commercial kitchen classroom, traditional arts workshops, and herb production spaces. The Herb House was built in three major periods from the late 18th century, the 1820s, and the 1860s. It is a timber frame structure and the sole remaining Shaker Herb House in America. It will again be the home of the Shakers’ ongoing herb business and the headquarters of new programs for students, organizations, and general audiences throughout the school year and beyond.
The funds from the 1772 Foundation in cooperation with Maine Preservation will safeguard the occupants, visitors, and property with a state-of-the-art fire and security system.
The Shakers and staff at Shaker Village are grateful to the 1772 Foundation, Maine Preservation, and the team at Johnson Controls (namely Roscoe Grant and Rick Strout) for making this level of protection possible at Shaker Village, Maine’s largest National Historic Landmark and the world’s only active Shaker Community. The $7,500 grant requires a 1:1 match to qualify toward the cost of the $33,000 security system.
Thank you to The 1772 Foundation in cooperation with our friends at Maine Preservation!
To learn more about the Herb House project, please visit https://www.maineshakers.com/