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.
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Shaker Bog Boat and Skating Access & Ecology
The Shaker Bog (elevation 446 feet above sea level) is one of the highest-elevation bodies of water in the Royal River watershed’s headwaters. The bog provides quiet paddling, skating, and remarkable ecology. Bog plants such as pitcher plants as well as eagles, osprey, loons and beaver 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. To find the Route 26 access point in Poland, look for a steep driveway off the south-bound lanes of this busy highway. The driveway is on Route 26 just north of the five-way intersection of Outlet Rd, Shaker Rd, Quarry Rd, and Route 26. Parking is best on the shoulder of Route 26 southbound, though one or two vehicles can use the steep driveway. The bog is 200 feet beyond the end of the driveway. Public access is guaranteed due to funding from the Land for Maine’s Future program.
Natural and Historical Walks & Tours
The rich ecological and cultural heritage of the village is interpreted by professionals through guided walks and tours. For more information visit: The Shaker Village facebook page
Vast conserved orchards and farmland are operated by commercial lease and other tools, providing agricultural product for commercial markets and sustaining the Shaker Village’s herb markets and more. Please respect all landowner postings restricting public access to commercial orchards, and other lands.
Shaker Village Conservation Easement and Conservation History
The partnership that led to the conservation of the Shaker Village landscape in 2006 included scores of partners including the Shakers, the Royal River Conservation Trust, the Trust for Public Land, New England Forestry Foundation, Maine Preservation, Land for Maine’s Future program, and more. The conservation easement is held by the New England Forestry Foundation.
For more information visit: The Shaker Village website