Contributed by United Society of Shakers
In addition to Brothers and hired hands, operating the farm required the labor of Sisters. Here the Sisters at Alfred are shown tending the Dairy.
The cart to the far left was used to transport milk from the Cow Barn, the building with the cupola. The cans visible in the wheelbarrow and wagon were used for shipping milk via rail to Boston. Brother Stephen Gowen is driving the wagon.
The community's Pierce-Arrow automobile was kept in the garage to the right. The garage was also the second home of the Chestnut Inn. At this time Sisters served chicken dinners to tourists in a Gazebo, which became known as the Chestnut Inn. When more space was needed, the garage was used.
About This Item
- Title: The Dairy, Alfred Shakers, ca. 1915
- Creator: United Society of Shakers
- Creation Date: circa 1915
- Subject Date: circa 1915
- Town: Alfred
- County: York
- State: ME
- Media: Slide from a film negative
- Local Code: ITE 37
- Object Type: Text and Image
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- Shakers--Missions--Maine--Sabbathday Lake
- United Society of Shakers--Maine
- Christian communities
- Women working
- Chestnut Inn (Alfred, Me.)
- Shakers--Social life and customs
- Delmer Charles Wilson
- Industry & work
- New Gloucester
- New Hampshire
- Religion & philosophy
- Religious community
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