Shaker Elder Henry Green on sales trip, ca. 1896

Contributed by United Society of Shakers


In addition to selling fancy goods in gift shops, the Alfred and Sabbathday Lake Shaker communities made regular trips to resort hotels throughout the region. Especially lucrative routes led to the White Mountains and along the coast from Bar Harbor to Rye, N.H.

Chief salesman was Elder Henry Green (1844-1931) of the Alfred community who for 55 years made two coastal and two mountain trips for which he became known as "The Old Man of the Mountains." Sale trips were even made as far south as Florida.

In this photo, Old Dan, one of the trusty workhorses that took Elder Henry thousands of miles, is pulling the wagon. The trunk at the lower right was one used for maple sugar candy. To the left of the trunks are folding tables made by Elder Henry for the display of goods and still in use today by the Sabbathday Lake Shakers.

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  • Title: Shaker Elder Henry Green on sales trip, ca. 1896
  • Creator: John Paul Gelinger
  • Creation Date: circa 1896
  • Subject Date: circa 1896
  • Location: NH
  • Media: Slide from a photograph
  • Local Code: ITE 28
  • Object Type: Image

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