Weddings at Enfield Shaker Museum
Wedding-friendly amenities at the Shaker Museum:
- Twenty cozy guest rooms for your guests, including a complimentary stay for the newly married couple!
- A restaurant-style kitchen that can be used by the caterer of your choice
- Historic, charming site with multiple buildings and rental spaces
- Reproduction Shaker chairs for attractive and memorable seating in the Great Stone Dwelling
- Elegant flatware, china, glassware, and table linens for full formal place settings in the Great Stone Dwelling
- On-site hiking trails to be enjoyed during your stay
The Great Stone Dwelling
The jewel of the Enfield Shaker Community, the Great Stone Dwelling is home to the Dining Room, Meeting Room, and our 20 Guest Rooms. Built in 1837, the six-story Dwelling features authentic Shaker architecture and design. The exterior is comprised of intricate historic stonework and features over 150 windows. Clean, bright and welcoming, the build’s interior has classic Shaker style, featuring hardwood floors, many large windows with interior shutters, and Shaker peg rail. Its restored original Shaker interiors provides a unique architectural backdrop to your big day. The understated simplicity of the Shaker style throughout the Great Stone Dwelling makes for a classically beautiful look. Learn more about the Great Stone Dwelling >
Meeting Room in the Great Stone Dwelling
The Meeting Room, located on the Great Stone Dwelling’s second floor, is our most popular reception space. It features large windows, rustic chandelier lighting, and lovely pine floors for dancing. Meeting Room rentals include tables, reproduction Shaker chairs, linens, and full place settings. The Meeting Room can accommodate up to 125 guests.
Dining Room in the Great Stone Dwelling
On the first floor of the Great Stone Dwelling, the Dining Room is the perfect setting for more intimate gatherings, including smaller wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, and breakfasts with guests the morning after. The Dining Room may also be used as a spot for a cocktail hour. It features beautiful, dark-stained reproduction Enfield Dining Room tables and chairs that can accommodate up to 80 seated or 100 standing guests.
Guest Rooms in the Great Stone Dwelling
Make your wedding a weekend event! The Museum offers 20 Guest Rooms with 35 queen-size beds (total) on the 3rd and 4th floors of the Great Stone Dwelling. Each well-appointed room has original Shaker architecture, reproduction Shaker furniture, and a private bath. For couples who choose to have a reception at the Enfield Shaker Museum, an overnight stay in the Bridal Suite is complimentary.
The Stone Mill
The Stone Mill, the perfect venue for a rustic but elegant, shabby-chic barn styled wedding, features beautiful fieldstone-work walls inside and out, as well as exposed wooden beam work. Located across the road from the Great Stone Dwelling/Mary Keane Chapel and adjacent to a large field and picturesque hillside, it has hardwood floors and 21-foot-high ceilings with beautiful exposed wood beams. This building can accommodate a dining and dancing area for up to 100 guests, and makes a lovely ceremony or cocktail hour venue as well. It also offers an easy rain location for outdoor weddings in the lawns or fields adjacent to the Stone Mill. Learn more about the Stone Mill >
The Mary Keane Chapel
The Mary Keane Chapel is an exceptionally unique gem nestled into the Shaker Village site, built by La Salette Catholic order in the late 1920s. The traditional architecture in this building features Italian pink marble and exquisite German stained glass. This is an awe-inspiring ceremony space and can accommodate up to 150 guests seated in the pews. Learn more about the Mary Keane Chapel >
To book a date, usually a signed contract is required with a 50% deposit of the total rental cost, but each rental is different. We are happy to work out payment plans on an individual basis.
A refundable $300 security deposit to cover any damages or additional clean-up is also required one month before the event date. We request that you write a separate check so we can simply tear it up after the event.
A minimum of 10 guest rooms or more are required to be booked on the night of the event. Any remaining unfilled rooms will be charged to the couple. The room minimum may be waived under special circumstances with approval from the Events Coordinator.
Most decorating should occur during the Museum’s closed hours, after 4 pm on Friday and before 10 am on Saturday. Decorating and rehearsals typically occur from 4-6 pm the evening before the event. If possible and with prior approval, decorating can occur later into the evening on the night before the event, and/or on the day of the event between 8 am and 10 am. Clean-up needs to be completed prior to the Museum opening the following day (10 am Mon-Fri, 12 pm Sun). The client is responsible for coordinating all clean-up, dishwashing, and trash removal, whether it be themselves or through their caterer. It is highly recommended that all caterers/food preparers have a consultation with Enfield Shaker Museum staff before booking their services.
A ceremony rental is considered to be two (2) hours, and a reception rental is considered to be six (6) hours. Additional event time can be arranged at the cost of $300 per hour.
All alcoholic beverages must be served by Enfield Shaker Museum. No outside alcohol may be brought onto the premises. Non-alcoholic beverages may be provided by the couple and/or their caterer. You may have your own alcohol in your private Guest Room but may not bring it out of your room.
Cancellation fees are assessed based on the cancellation section in the event contract. Generally we keep 50% of all of the fees paid at the time of cancellation if an event is cancelled more than six (6) months before the date. If it is cancelled within three (3) months of the date we keep all prepaid fees.
The Great Stone Dwelling and the Stone Mill are only accessible by ramp on the first floor. The Chapel and the Meeting Room on the second floor of the Great Stone Dwelling can only be accessed by stairs and are unfortunately not wheelchair accessible.