The second is "the cottage" where men who are testing their vocation to the abbey spend time until it is felt they are ready to stay in the monastery itself for an observership. I made last year's vow retreat in the cottage, indeed in the room that is pictured. It is the only self-contained room with its own entrance thus I didn't distract the other men who were there.
The Trappist Preserve plant is highly mechanized. The monastery, founded in Rhode Island, was moved to MA in the 1950's. The original plan was to make a foundation in MA but the monastery in RI burned and thus everything moved to Spencer.
The storage area fascinated me. One of the monks wondered why I was taking a photo of an ugly green and very large storage area. Answer: Because it looks great in black and white as a study in angles and geometry.
The prior (second after the abbott) gave the men the tour. He is the one in the white robe and black scapular.
The boxes are filled automatically. The preserves are made in small batches and are delicious. The best is the Red Pepper Jelly that is hard to find in markets but is easy at the gift shop. I go to Spencer monthly so I rarely run out. There is nothing like peanut butter on a Ritz cracker with a dollop of red pepper jelly first thing int he AM to help "the medicine go down, the medicine go down, the medicine go down. . . . in a most delightful way."