Dwelling House dining room, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, ca. 1905

Contributed by United Society of Shakers


Like most Shaker activities, dining was an orderly affair. Brothers and Sisters ate at separate tables. The low-back chairs were designed to slide underneath the dining tables after meals for added space. Settings of four, so that each member of the square had access to serving dishes, made possible the eating of meals in silence.

Shaker cooking was distinguished by its simplicity and wholesomeness. Fresh produce from the barns, gardens and orchards, eggs, dairy products, vegetables and fruits, seasoned with homegrown herbs, were the staples of the diet.

Note the gaslights that had recently been installed by Elder Delmer Wilson.

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  • Title: Dwelling House dining room, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, ca. 1905
  • Creator: Wilson, Delmer Charles
  • Creation Date: circa 1905
  • Subject Date: circa 1905
  • Local Name: Sabbathday Lake
  • Town: New Gloucester
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME
  • Media: print, glass-plate negative
  • Local Code: GP-138
  • Object Type: Image

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

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