A Shaker Bedroom
This room illustrates the Shaker belief in simplicity, order, industriousness, and making ordinary things beautiful.
This modest bedroom at the Shaker community in Sabbath Day Lake, Maine, exudes tranquility and simplicity, two characteristics that represent the Shakers themselves. Founded in 1792, the Sabbath Day Lake community was the most northern and eastern of all the U.S. Shaker locations, and grew in size to around 150 members with 1900 acres and 26 buildings by 1850. Since celibacy was part of their theology, the only new members were those who came by choice from the outside, and so the Shakers eventually began to die out. This bedroom illustrates the Shaker belief in simplicity, order, industriousness and making ordinary things beautiful, qualities at which they excelled.