Although the Shakers sold most of their remaining land to a tobacco syndicate in November, 1914, Church Family members decided to remain on the property. The continuing decline of Shakerism made this impossible, and they decided to join other Shaker communities where their presence was needed. Consequently, the last handful of Shakers left Enfield on October 15 and 16, 1917. Today, after so much passage of time the Shaker presence is vague to most residents of Enfield. This presentation will highlight a look at the people and places that visitors would have seen if they visited the Shakers from 1875 until 1910. Issues that plagued the society will also be discussed and there will be ample time for questions.
Stephen Paterwic has been studying the Shakers for over 50 years and is a well-known speaker and author. He is a trustee of Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village in Maine, home to the remaining Shakers. He is also a corporator of Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield.