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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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We were in the Berkshires with my parents and spent 1/2 day at the Shaker VIllage. We learned a ton... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
fahertyps
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Aside from its being a genuine historic gem, what really makes this place stand out is their... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Mary O
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Pittsfield, Massachusetts, United States
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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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  • Average5%
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“round barn” (58 reviews)
“baby animals” (54 reviews)
“farm animals” (22 reviews)
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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 4 weeks ago

We were in the Berkshires with my parents and spent 1/2 day at the Shaker VIllage. We learned a ton about this sect and the influences they had on our society.

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

fahertyps, we are pleased Hancock Shaker Village was on your Berkshire itinerary. Thank you for taking time to share your experience. Perhaps you will choose to stop again if for find yourself in Western MA.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Aside from its being a genuine historic gem, what really makes this place stand out is their docents. They are totally knowledgeable and make the visit a real experience, not just a “walk through.” This is the type of place you can imagine being a...More

1  Thank Mary O
Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Ms, thank you for taking time to share your experience at Hancock Shaker Village. I will be sure to share you kind words with our interpretive staff. This is just exactly why they do the work that they do. We hope you choose to visit...More

Reviewed 22 December 2017

Intrigued by the 'round barn'. Spring is a great time to see the baby animals and gardening is beginning.

Thank ptaylor2374
Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 January 2018

ptaylor2374, Thank you for sharing your thoughts and suggestion to plan a visit! Wishing you exciting travels.

Reviewed 18 November 2017

My husband and I visited Hancock Shaker Village on the last day of our trip to the Berkshires, and it was truly one of the high points of our journey. The buildings are well maintained and give you great insight into the lives of the...More

1  Thank Carol757
Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2017

Carol757, thank you for choosing to add Hancock Shaker Village to you intinerary and for taking time to share your experience. If you again find yourself in the Berkshires, we hope you might stop in again. 2018, will bring barn, silo, and dairy ell renovations....More

Reviewed 14 November 2017

We (2 parents/2 teens) visited the Hancock Shaker Village on a sunny late fall Sunday. Few visitors, we were able to wander around almost by ourselves. The buildings have been beautifully maintained, the artefacts, furniture, and the oh so nice docents are very informative about...More

1  Thank thePERSONALtraveler
Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2017

thePERSONALtraveler, Thank you for choosing to visit Hancock Shaker Village and for taking time to share your experience. There is ample indoor and out communal picnic space at the Village (bringing food when you're traveling isn't always easy).The Norman Rockwell Museum is a real gem....More

Reviewed 13 November 2017

A visit to this beautifully preserved village gives a real insight into the life of a Shaker community. The buildings across the site are open to explore inside, with much in the way of original fittings and furniture. The guided tours/demonstrations were led by staff...More

Thank Alison19770820
Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2017

Alison19770820, Thank you for choosing to visit and for taking time to share your experience. We think the staff is GREAT and we are glad you agree. Travel well.

Reviewed 10 November 2017

A must-see if visiting the Berkshires. A Shaker community brought to life for you to observe and learn. Very family friendly with activities and demonstrations. Highlights include 'baby animals' in the spring. Excellent farm to table (literally) cafe is added plus.

Thank Marilyn H
Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2017

Marilyn H, Thank you for choosing to visit and for taking time to share your experience. We will be introducing our newest additions beginning April 14, 2018. If you find yourself in the Berkshires, we hope you'll consider a visit (and a lamb nuzzle).

Reviewed 9 November 2017

We picked this attraction out of a AAA guide book that suggested a minimum of 2 hours for a reasonable visit. We spent most of the day. There are scheduled presentations throughout the day that provide insights to Shaker life and their beliefs and doctrines....More

Thank RetiredBums
Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2017

RetiredBums, Thank you for choosing to visit and for taking time to share your experience. And you let the music move you to boot! We belive that the Discovery Barn - a hands on activity center, is perfect for visitors young and young-at-heart and you...More

Reviewed 8 November 2017

Since the Shakers believed in celibacy, they've died out but this thoughtful museum keeps the ideas and culture of the Shakers alive. The buildings are well-preserved but the real magic is in the presentations offered all the time---on crafts, music, everyday life of the Shakers....More

Thank NYCBizCoach
Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2017

NYCBizCoach, we are pleased that you choose to visit and took time to share your experience. Thank you. Shakerism does continue. The community, which operates a seasonal museum, is Sabbathday Lake in Maine at New Gloucester. If you are ever in that neck of the...More

Reviewed 4 November 2017

We visited for a couple of hours, and wished we had longer, as there are a lot of different buildings to visit in this reconstruction of a Shaker community. Many of the buildings had guides and volunteers, some in costume, to bring the village to...More

Thank DorkingRanger
Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2017

DorkingRanger, Thank you for adding Hancock Shaker Village to your itinerary and for taking to share your experience. The audio tour units have produced some technical difficulties this season and been an occasional dissapointment to visitors. We hope that after they are maintained by the...More

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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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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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