Established in 1787, Mount Lebanon was the center of the Shaker world. The largest and most important shaker community, Mount Lebanon created the temple for Shaker social organization, architecture, and religious practice. Mount Lebanon lead the way in early Shaker entrepreneurship activity and innovations, including packaged seeds, medical herbs, chair making, fancy goods, and vegetarianism. At its highpoint Mount Lebanon housed 600 Shakers living in over 100 buildings on 6000 acres.
Today, this settlement is a mile long National Historic Landmark District along Darrow Road. Unlike other restored Shaker villages, Mount Lebanon is a living community where people still work and play, study and meditate, in original restored and adaptively reused Shaker buildings. Thus a visit to Mount Lebanon provides a unique experience of Living History.