100 Years in 100 Days: Horseshoe Lake
100 photos that define Shaker Heights
Shaker Heights Patch is celebrating the 100 years of Shaker Heights history by creating an online scrapbook. Each day for 100 days, we'll feature a photograph that helps tell the story of Shaker Heights.
Today's photo of Horse Shoe Lake goes back to the North Union Shakers community. Members of the community dammed Doan Brook in two places to provide water power for their woolen, stone and grist mills. Horseshoe Lake was previously known as the Upper Shaker Lake.
The colony was part of a denomination properly known as The United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing. But they were dubbed "shakers" because of their ecstatic worship practices.
The North Union community was founded in 1822 and flourished for about 30 years. At its height, 300 people belonged to the colony. After the Civil War, the sect declined nationally. The North Union community closed in 1889, when it dwindled to 27 members.
Source: "The North Union Shaker Community" and "Shaker Lakes" - the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History
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