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Hancock Shaker Village

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Address: 1843 W Housatonic St, Routes 20 & 41, Pittsfield, MA 01201-7513
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+1 413-443-0188

Hancock Shaker Village is a living history museum whose mission is to bring...

Hancock Shaker Village is a living history museum whose mission is to bring the Shaker story to life and preserve it for future generations. Called the "City of Peace" by the Shakers who lived here for 179 years until 1960, this community was the third of 19 major Shaker Villages located in New York, New England, Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana. There are 18 original historic buildings on this site. The staff and volunteers are dedicated to making the Village a center for reflection on living the principled life. The values that the Shakers embraced -- equality, pacifism, community, sustainability, responsible land stewardship, innovation, simplicity and quality in work -- resonate with us today. In addition to viewing the architecture, we have so many things to see including the farm and gardens, the animals, costumed interpreters, demonstrations of handicrafts like weaving, spinning, and blacksmithing, hiking and walking trails, the Discovery Room where kids can do hands-on activities, photo and art exhibitions, a cafe and picnic area. We have modern amenities and the village is handicapped accessible.

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Great experience! We learned so much about about the Shaker community. Fun, too!

We had an entire afternoon to visit. It gave us ample time to go through the dormitory, barns, and other outbuildings. Learning how the Shakers got their name was interesting... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Richard H
Springfield, Virginia
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Springfield, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had an entire afternoon to visit. It gave us ample time to go through the dormitory, barns, and other outbuildings. Learning how the Shakers got their name was interesting, as were some of the hands on activities. Staff was great--answered all questions, dressed in period costumes--a really fun and informative afternoon!

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Shirley, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Shakers really lived, worked, and worshiped here for over 200 years and the evidence is all around. This museum is good for those interested in agriculture, religion, architecture, and sociology.

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Forestville, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Didn't know much about the Shaker religion before visiting. The people are very informative and helpful with all our questions!

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New York, New York, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved visiting and seeing all the different buildings. Learned how to spin wool, make a shaker box, see where they slept and learned so much more about those days

Thank Deborah S
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Staff are knowledgeable and helpful, also extremely patient and engaging with children, including children with special needs. Plenty of hands-on and active participation experiences to keep everyone happy.

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Montclair, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

On a pleasant day, this large farm from the old days is a pleasure to walk through. We explored the Shaker lifestyle, beliefs, and occupations as we visited buildings around the campus. Guides were knowledgeable and friendly. The gift shop has a lot of Shaker-style items but not made by Shakers anymore. Expensive too. Must visit if you like history.

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

Took the grandkids to the baby animal event last spring. Went for the private show. The head farmer and his helper were wonderful. The looked after all kids with interest and personality. We got to handle day old ducks, chicks and a week old bull. Well worth the cost. Will do it again next spring. The kids are from 12... More 

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

This is a full day visit. Bring some water or juice boxes, even a picnick lunch to sit outside and rest up while you explore Historic Hancock Shaker Village. Take a look at the website for upcoming events, and make a day of it. Guided Tours of the Village, October 31 – November 23 PLEASE NOTE: All visitors must be... More 

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Windsor, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

We visited the Hancock Shaker Village both during their main season (May - October) and during a Sunday in November 2016. Our experience has always been different but very educational and enjoyable touring this well preserved Shaker Village. The main season is a self-guided tour with several activities/talks to visit on different aspects of Shaker Life, all being very interesting!!... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

We arrived with plans to walk the grounds on our own but that wasn't an option due to being closed to the public for the season so we took the guided tour. It was interesting and informative but we would've liked to see the farm animals which wasn't allowed for some reason. Would return though.

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