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Hancock Shaker Village

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1843 W Housatonic St, Routes 20 & 41, Pittsfield, MA 01201-7513
+1 413-443-0188
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Come here to take a nice walk on the grounds and learn about the Shaker people. There are actual... read more

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LetterioZ
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I'm impressed and obsessed with the way the Shakers lived. Their ingenuity is on display here... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
GypsyBlood T
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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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1843 W Housatonic St, Routes 20 & 41, Pittsfield, MA 01201-7513
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+1 413-443-0188
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Come here to take a nice walk on the grounds and learn about the Shaker people. There are actual buildings used by the Shakers, as well as recreations. Tours are offered, and plenty of people who work there are able to answer any questions you...More

Thank LetterioZ
Reviewed 2 days ago

I'm impressed and obsessed with the way the Shakers lived. Their ingenuity is on display here. Beautifully maintained/restored. Something for the whole family to learn.

1  Thank GypsyBlood T
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting visit and learning experience as to how the Shakers got their name and how they differed from the Amish. There are many buildings to visit and many demonstrations in some, depending on the time of visit. Our bus tour had an excellent guide....More

1  Thank Remie
Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Remie, We are pleased you found your time at Hancock Shaker Village interesting. Thank you for your positive feedback on your tour guide. We hope you find yourself in the Berkshires again and choose to return.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been here before. We love hearing about the history behind the Shakers. All the staff are great at sharing about the Shakers and enrich the experience. This time we watched a blacksmith, animals and listened to a talk on the resident living accomadations...More

1  Thank Jacob H
Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Jacob H, It's always satisfying to welcome guests back to Hancock Shaker Village. Thank you for being a 'regular' and taking to share your experience.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful summer day trip. One could spend a whole day here visiting the various buildings and sites. Staff is very friendly and atmosphere is very laid back. Lessons and info sessions scheduled throughout day in various buildings. Lesson on Shaker music was really fun. I...More

Thank 215Kitty
Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

215Kitty, Thank you for chosing to visit Hancock Shaker Village and taking time to share your experience. The United Society of Believers - more commonly known at the Shakers, were named so because of their rousing singing and dancing during worship. We are pleased you...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to visit. Probably not the place for small children but older is OK. History is everywhere! My dad had a blast seeing old farming techniques.

Thank B0bGG
Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

B0bGG, Thank you for taking time to share your experience after visiting with your dad. We are pleased to share the Shaker agrarian techniques of New England with visitors of all ages.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good sunny day place to explore. Went in not knowing anything at all really about shakers and was not incredibly interested, to be honest. I did learn quite a bit about how innovative and inventive the shakers were. I enjoyed walking the grounds and viewing...More

Thank Gus S
Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Gus S, thank you for choosing to visit Hancock Shaker Village and taking time to share your experience. We are pleased you enjoyed your time more than you expected. This summer (and fall) there are six contemporary sculptures on the grounds as part of the...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The empty buildings really don't come alive as in many other similar villages. The highlight of the visit was a gentleman ,who explained Shaker songs and also sang them. The animals in the barn addition could be of interest to younger children.

Thank JohnHistory
Maribeth C, General Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

JohnHistory, Thank you for choosing to visit Hancock Shaker Village and taking time to share your experience. The Shaker music and dance program occurs daily at 1:30 and during summer and fall also at 4.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A very interesting living history community. The layout is very visitor friendly and the buildings are in excellent condition. The staff did an excellent job explaining the Shakers, their history and their way of life. There are great examples of the famous Shaker furniture and...More

Thank Philip P
Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Philip P, You chose to visit and enjoyed your time! Great! and thank you. If you again find yourself in the Berkshires, do stop. We would like to make you 'kindly welcome' in the Shaker tradition.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I didn't expect to enjoy this place as much as I did.Beautifully kept historical buildings. The tour guides are very knowledgeable and enjoyable to listen to. I would really encourage this with all ages children. Many live demonstrations to make it fun

Thank 6,808
Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

6808, We are pleased you chose to visit and enjoyed your time. We agree that children (and adults) of all ages have fun and maybe learn a little something during their visit. Thanks for taking time to share your experience.

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888jackt
19 April 2017|
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Response from Maribeth C | Property representative |
Admission is free for all visitors on Friday, July 21, 2017. We hope you plan to visit!
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Bonniemtm
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Response from Arlene M | Reviewed this property |
No. The close in October.
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lovingyaya
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Response from Tomdee1 | Reviewed this property |
I would say it's an interesting place if you are a religious or spiritual person. the stations of the Cross are impressive. enjoy!
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