View of Sabbathday Lake Shaker VillageItem 6746 info
United Society of Shakers
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 Mr. 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 Mr. Goist's visit, total membership at Sabbathday Lake was 70, consisting 21 brothers and 49 Sisters.