Monday, September 10, 2012
Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village
Whittaker died in 1787 and was succeeded by Elder Joseph Meacham, who then named Sister Lucy Wright Eldress and co-leader of the Society. Together they established the "church order" by which all Shaker communities came operate. The last Shaker at Mt. Lebanon died in 1947 and the property passed into ownership by the Darrow School, a private preparatory school.
In 2004 the Shaker Museum and Library at Old Chatham, NY, bought the Mt. Lebanon North Family site, plus the Mt. Lebanon Meeting House, which was then leased back to the Darrow School to continue as the school's library. The purchase included 10 Shaker buildings and 30 acres. The Museum is in the process of restoring these buildings in preparation for moving to the Mt. Lebanon site.
The museum at this site is still very much a work in progress, but it has great potential. And it's historical significance is greater than practically any other Shaker site. It would be nice to go back when work is further along. Yet most of the Mt. Lebanon village remains in private hands and is not accessible to visitors. Perhaps that, too, will change in the future.
The Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village is about 30 miles SE of Albany, NY. For further information, please visit their website by clicking here.