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2017

DigVentures Returns To Begin A Full-Blown Excavation

Having established that archaeology has loads to add to the historical version of Shaker society, DigVentures brings a team of crowdfunders to re-open excavations at the Centre Family Wash-House.

2013

DigVentures Does A Mini Excavation

A group of Darrow students digs with the team, to find out how much survives at one of the ruins.

1932

Darrow School Takes Ownership Of The Land

There are 27 buildings on campus, of which the majority are original Shaker designs. In total, there would have been hundreds, and many now lie ruined below the soil.

1784

Mother Ann Lee Dies

Her life hadn't been easy, and she was buried at the Shaker cemetery near Watervliet.

1787

The Shakers Establish Their First Community At Mount Lebanon

They are a celibate order, and devote themselves to the ideal of 'hands to work-hearts to god'.

1774

Ann Lee Leads The Shakers To America

Ann Lee and her converts set sail to America to escape religious persecution.

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