Located in the towns of New Gloucester and Poland, the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village and the Shaker Bog are protected by a vast conservation easement covering 1700 acres of working forest, orchards, barns, pastures, Sabbathday Lake shoreline, the headwater source of the Royal River, and the iconic Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village. Today, the village hosts its religious community, library, museum, events, guided nature tours, a working farm, outdoor classrooms, and more.
Shaker Bog Boat Access and Ecology
The Shaker Bog provides quiet paddling, skating, and remarkable ecology. Bog plants such as pitcher plants as well as eagles, osprey, loons, beaver and more are all easily viewed. The public hand-carry access site just off Route 26 in Poland is at the site of the historic granite dam that elevates the water levels of the bog, and once provided water for the Shaker Village.
Shaker Village Conservation Easement conservation history
The partnership that led to the conservation of the Shaker Village included scores of partners including the Shakers, the Royal River Conservation Trust, the Trust for Public Land, New England Forestry Foundation, Land for Maine’s Future program, and more. The easement is held by the New England Forestry Foundation.
For more information visit: The Shaker Village website