Hancock Shakers Visiting Scarboro Beach, 1916


The automobile made long-distance travel far more feasible. The Shakers took full advantage of opportunities to visit their Brothers and Sisters at distant communities. Along the way they would be sure to take in points of interest- for example, the Maine coast.

Serving as guide on this expedition is Elder William Dumont of Sabbathday Lake at the left rear. Visiting from the Hancock, MA, community are, left to right: Sisters Frances Hall, Jennie Pettif, Catherine Dimitroff, Anna Delcheff and Alice Smith, accompanied by Brother Alexander Pettit. The middle three Sisters were all born in Bulgaria and were among many Central Europeans who joined the Mt. Lebanon, NY, and Hancock Shaker communities at the turn of the twentieth century.

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