Shaker Heritage Society, Watervliet - Photos by  Jennifer M. Paley

Shaker Heritage Society

Founded in 1977, the Shaker Heritage Society is a non-profit historic preservation group which runs interpretive educational programming about the Shakers and their influence on the region; it is also actively concerned with preserving the integrity of the Watervliet Shaker Historic District, America's First Shaker Settlement.

The Church Family site, where the Society's offices are located, is the heart of the 770 acre historic district; eight remaining buildings, fields, apple orchard, Ann Lee Pond and nature preserve, and the Shaker cemetery comprise an intact, contiguous site.

The society is renovating the 1848 Shaker Meeting House, to serve as headquarters for its educational activities. It offers special group tours of the building and historic district, craft courses, workshops, lectures, and several annual events throughout the year.

The SHS Logo JPG is the symbol used by the Shaker Heritage Society as its logo. It represents both the Shaker's spiritual name, Wisdom's Valley, and Watervliet, the name of this area in the 19th century before it was changed to the town of Colonie in 1895.


Open: February to October - Tuesday thru Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Open: October 31 to December 19 - Monday thru Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (closed on the 4th of July and Thanksgiving. The museum will close December 20, 2016 and re-open February 2017.)

Guided tours: for groups of 10 or more are available by appointment. For more information, please call 518-456-7890 ext. 23.


Adults: : Suggested donation $5.00 per adult
Children: (under 12) Free
Programs and Group Tours Available by Appointment: Contact education department for details.


From Exit 4 off the Northway (I-87) go west 1.3 miles on Albany Shaker Road. Go straight at the STOP sign onto the grounds of Ann Lee Home. The second building on your right is the Shaker Meeting House.

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Shaker Heritage Society
25 Meeting House Rd.
Albany, New York 12211
Telephone: 518-456-7890
Web Site:

For information on activities and events
at Shaker Heritage Society,
please go to our Calendar of Shaker Events