Our friend's family have a house up in the Berkshires, and we feel lucky to visit them each summer (Here are pics from last summer). The house is one of a small bunch which originally formed a Shaker village...
Their family acquired the tiny Shaker village (in the 1800's) and today the six buildings are filled with the now extended family of cousins, aunts, uncles, parents and grandchildren. The village is renewed.
When the Shakers closed their village they took very little with them and only small changes were made over many years, so that the buildings still retain the feeling of another era. We were fortunate to have a much better camera on our last visit so that we could really capture the remarkable details in one of these houses. (Thanks C & J!)