When I lived in the Capitol District (Albany, NY and the surrounding area), there were Shaker references everywhere; apparently there had been Shakers in the region, back in the day. And I learned about Shaker furniture, gained an appreciation for its beauty, and simplicity. I like Toddy Cat's theory, in his comment. ;) Hey, it's as reasonable an explanation as any other! :)
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Blowhard, Esq. writes:
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The basic standards that defined both the buildings and their interiors were simplicity and utility. The Shakers frowned on any kind of decoration, and they favored pure, clean forms that were highly functional and economic to make.
The non-reproducing cult-like ostensible Christians known not only for their beautiful furniture, but also for their seeds!
But they were also known for their seeds!
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Since the late 1700’s, the United Society of Believers, or Shakers, had run one of the leading seed-raising enterprises in North America and distributed their seeds to merchants in the American states.