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Watervliet Shaker Community Watervliet Shaker Community Remarkable Ohio

Watervliet Shaker Village was a Shaker community located in Kettering, Ohio from 1806-1900. Its spiritual name was Vale of Peace and it was within the Union Village bishopric, or governing body.  The community was founded by many discontented members of the Beulah Presbyterian church and was named for the first Shaker community in the United States, Watervliet Shaker village in New York. The village at its peak had 100 residents, and it spanned 800 acres.  It produced and sold farm produce, garden seeds, and stocking yarn.  Among the first Euro-Americans to arrive in this area were John H. Patterson and his family who provided the land on which the Watervliet Shaker Community was founded in 1806.

The village closed in 1900 and the remaining residents moved to the Union Village Shaker settlement in Lebanon, Ohio. The village was sold to the State of Ohio. It was a State Hospital Farm until 1981 when the land in Montgomery County was deeded to the Miami Research Foundation. The land in Greene County had primarily been used for Mount Saint John.  Papers, diaries, photographs and books of the village history are archived at the Dayton Metro Library in the 'Shakers Collection'.

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