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View of Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village

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View of Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village

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The December 17, 1879, entry in the Sabbathday Lake Church Journal records that "Elder Otis (Sawyer) arrived late this evening with an artist who has come to take a view of our village to insert in the forthcoming 'History of Cumberland County.'" The history containing Goist's illustration was published in 1880.

The vantage point for this view was the property of the former Square House family, which was situated between the Church and Poland Hill families. Together the three families comprised the Sabbathday Lake (West Gloucester) Shaker community. At the time of Goist's visit, total membership at Sabbathday Lake was 70, consisting 21 brothers and 49 Sisters.

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  • Title: View of Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village
  • Creator: Goist, Phares Fulton
  • Creation Date: 1879-12-18
  • Subject Date: 1879-12-18
  • Local Name: Sabbathday Lake
  • Town: New Gloucester
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME
  • Media: Slide from illustration-camera obscura/lucida
  • Local Code: ITE 2
  • Object Type: Image

For more information about this item, contact:

United Society of Shakers
707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260
(207) 926-4597
http://www.shaker.lib.me.us/

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