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The Last Ones Standing

Only four Shakers are left in the world, all living in southern Maine. But if they can't attract converts to their celibate lifestyle and this really is the end for them, they have a plan to ensure that their legacy lives on forever.

Left: Preserving Maine's Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village (including its historic buildings and 1,643 acres) from future development will take about $3.7 million. Right: At 49, Brother Arnold Hadd is the second youngest of the four remaining Shakers.
Left: Preserving Maine's Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village (including its historic buildings and 1,643 acres) from future development will take about $3.7 million. Right: At 49, Brother Arnold Hadd is the second youngest of the four remaining Shakers. (Globe Staff Photos / Janet Knott) Globe Staff Photos / Janet Knott
By Stacey Chase
July 23, 2006

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THE FOUR ARE CONSPICUOUS in their plain Sunday best. The two men, both in their 40s, wear black or gray pants, white shirts, and houndstooth-check vests with the waist button undone. The two women, old enough to be their mothers, have on long, modest dresses in solid blue or green with wide shoulder yokes. Sitting on spare wooden benches, the ... (Full article: 2585 words)

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