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Mount Lebanon Shaker Society


Mount Lebanon Shaker Society

Mount Lebanon Shaker Society
Main dwelling circa July 2008
Mount Lebanon Shaker Society
Location New Lebanon, New York

42°27′9.18″N 73°22′50.37″W / 42.4525500°N 73.3806583°W / 42.4525500; -73.3806583Coordinates: 42°27′9.18″N 73°22′50.37″W / 42.4525500°N 73.3806583°W / 42.4525500; -73.3806583

Built 1785
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 66000511
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 15, 1966[1]
Designated NHL June 23, 1965[2]

Mount Lebanon Shaker Society, also known as New Lebanon Shaker Society, was a communal settlement of Shakers in New Lebanon, New York. The early Shaker Ministry, including Joseph Meacham and Lucy Wright, the architects of Shakers' gender-balanced government, lived there.[3]

Isaac N. Youngs, the society's scribe, chronicled the life of that Shaker village for almost half a century. Youngs also designed the schoolhouse built there in 1839.[4]

In the 1940s, due to declining membership, the Shakers sold the site to Darrow School.


Mount Lebanon's main building became a National Historic Landmark in 1965.,[2][5]

Although the first of the Shaker settlements in the U.S. was in the Watervliet Shaker Historic District, Mount Lebanon became the leading Shaker society, and was the first to have a building used exclusively for religious purposes. Benson Lossing documented that meetinghouse and a few other buildings when he visited the Shakers in 1856.[6]

Mount Lebanon is located where Shaker Rd. merges with Darrow Rd. off US 20 in New Lebanon, New York. The North Family buildings are preserved as a museum.


External links

  • Mount Lebanon Shaker Society website on Shaker Historic Trail, National Park Service.
  • Photos at Historic American Buildings Survey:
    • Shaker Church Family, Barn (3 photos),
    • Gate (1 photo),
    • Carriage block (1 photo),
  • Carpenter's shop (1 photo),
  • Cemetery (1 photo),
  • Decorative arts (4 photos),
  • Farm Deacon's Shop (1 photo),
  • Meetinghouse (second) (17 photos),
  • General views (2 photos),
  • Seed House (2 photos),
  • Southwest Work House (1 photo),
  • Boys' Dormitory (1 photo),
  • Tannery (2 photos),
  • Old Post Office (1 photo),
  • Barn (1 photo),
  • Loom room (1 photo),
  • Ice House (2 photos),
  • Second Family Brethren's Workshop (2 photos),
  • Trustees' Office (3 photos),
  • Chair Factory (3 photos),
  • Reservoir (1 photo),
  • South Family Nurse Shop (3 photos),
  • Centre Family general view (1 photo),
  • Second Family Herb House (1 photo),
  • Upper Canaan Family Shop Buildings (1 photo),
  • Apple Drying Kiln (1 photo),
  • Nurse shop (4 photos),
  • South Family Dwelling House (3 photos),
  • Herb House (1 photo),
  • Wash house (3 photos),
  • Smithy (3 photos),
  • North Family Granary (2 photos),
  • Centre Family Dwelling House, Second (3 photos),
  • Second Family (general views) (2 photos),
  • North Family Office and Store (2 photos),
  • Schoolhouse (5 photos),

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