As Shaker style is enjoying a new revival in interior décor and collecting, one of my favorite sources to witness the allure of Shakers design is the Hancock Shaker Village in Massachusetts. The Shakers, which are no longer existed, were belonging to a religious sect branching off from a Quaker community in England; in the 18th century, its leader settled in colonial America. They lived communal lifestyle that included distinctive and simple, almost Spartan architecture and furniture which came to represent their lifestyle and which have enjoyed revivals from time to time. Hancock Shaker Village began in the late 1780s, when a hundred believers consolidated a community on land donated by local farmers who had converted to the Shaker movement. During the height of their growth, religious fervor and influence, the Hancock Shakers erected communal dwelling houses, barns, workshops, and other buildings, furniture, baskets, and everyday objects, developing a large and successful farm; all of these are restored and can be seen in the Village, which is regularly open to the public.
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