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Girls at the Gazebo, Sabbathday Lake

Contributed by United Society of Shakers

Pictured from left to right: Elsie McCool, Ruth Miller, Eliza McCool, Leila McCool, Emma Freeman and an unidentified girl.

Speaking from first-hand experience both as a child and as a caretaker, Sister Mildred Barker wrote: "Life was not all work for Shaker boys and girls, for there was always much pleasure to be shared within the fellowship of the community. Picnics, swimming, hiking, sleigh rides, apple and corn husking bees-all of these were a part of growing up in a Shaker community."

The Gazebo was built in 1895 by Elder Delmer Wilson to house a swing made for the girls by Elder Henry Green. It stood between the Girls' Shop and the Sisters' Shop in the background.

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  • Title: Girls at the Gazebo, Sabbathday Lake
  • Creator: United Society of Shakers
  • Creation Date: circa 1910
  • Subject Date: circa 1910
  • Local Name: Sabbathday Lake
  • Town: New Gloucester
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME
  • Media: Slide from a print
  • Local Code: ITE 18
  • Object Type: Image

For more information about this item, contact:

United Society of Shakers
707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260
(207) 926-4597

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