NEW GLOUCESTER — Shaker Village will participate in the statewide Maine Open Farm Day from noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, July 24, at 707 Shaker Road, Route 26.

More than 150 farms throughout the state 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. Visitors can see Scottish highland cattle, a flock of more than 40 sheep, bees, barn cats, apple orchards, herb and vegetable gardens.

Featured activities of the day include guided tours of the 1830 barns by Brother Arnold Hadd, tractor-drawn wagon rides, honeybee display and hives and tours of the Shakers’ historic herb gardens. Also, there will be traditional craft demonstrations: woodcarving, blacksmithing, yarn spinning, chair seat weaving, “Lamb to Loom” demonstration, rug hooking, tin-type photography demonstration and sale. There will also be a bake sale and a plant sale and barbecue lunch plates will be available.

Shaker Store and Shaker Museum Visitors’ Center will be open. There’ll be book signings of “The Shaker Legacy” by Chris Becksvoort; “Unique Maine Farms” by Mary Doyle; and “Barns of Maine” by Don Perkins.

This is an opportunity to see parts of Shaker Village that are not regularly open to the public. 

FMI: 207-926-4597, [email protected],,

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