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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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Interesting Village

This was an interesting village and the staff are willing to chat and answer any of your questions. We spent a good part of the day going from building to building learning how... read more

Reviewed 15 June 2016
Beaufort, South Carolina
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Reviewed 15 June 2016 via mobile

A good collection of buildings mainly original to the site. Most buildings occupied with a knowledgeable curator. The Shaker ideas of adopting technology as it appeared puts them im a very different camp to the Amish, as does the idea of celibacy (total, somewhat ensuring the idea dies out). The round barn is an astonishing building.

Thank John W
Beaufort, South Carolina
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Reviewed 15 June 2016

This was an interesting village and the staff are willing to chat and answer any of your questions. We spent a good part of the day going from building to building learning how they lived. They have live animals wandering around some of the village. The goats are very friendly! We picked up some of the cut grass and fed... More 

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Berlin, MD
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Reviewed 7 June 2016

We have been to other Shaker villages in New England. This was on a par with all. It is in a very nice setting and the docents were very informative. In fact we had difficulty getting away for a couple of them. The grounds are large and require quite bit of walking and stair climbing, but worth the effort. This... More 

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Bedford, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 6 June 2016

Wife and I are members of the Enfield, NH Shaker Museum. Being in the PIttsfield, Ma area, we toured the Hancock Shaker Village. We applaud the knowledge of the guides dressed as Shakers, the cleanliness of the whole village, the seven minute introductory video, and the general presentation of the history of meaningful Shaker history. We highly recommend a visit... More 

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Reviewed 4 June 2016

I would recommend for anyone interested in seeing how the Shakers lived during the late 1800, and early 1900s. They were smart, efficient and peaceful. You can wander on your own and/or use an audio guide (which added a lot). They have demonstrations throughout the day and you can tell the staff enjoy what they do. As a separate issue,... More 

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Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

We decided to 'stop and look around'.....we were NOT disappointed! We ended up spending over two hours touring the grounds with each of us using 'audio tour' equipment.....it was well worth every penny (reasonable fees charged) and a great history 'legend' about the Shakers was learned......

Thank Irene G
Great Barrington, Massachusetts, United States
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Reviewed 1 June 2016

Great fun the children and grand children, enjoyed the grounds and all the baby animals. We are local and love to bring the grand children....

Thank Patrice M
Lafargeville, ny
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Reviewed 30 May 2016

We toured in early May and we needed more time to cover the whole village than we had planned for. Great museum. Loved the water power. Especially enjoyed the great food at the on site restaurant. A bit pricey but very good.

Thank Greg H
Kansas City, Missouri
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Reviewed 27 May 2016

Stopped in on a pretty cold and windy day but had a very nice time walking around the Hancock Shaker Village and learning about Shaker life. Spectacularly preserved buildings and very informative didactic text. The round barn is architecturally fascinating and if you're there at the right time there are some great guides to teach you about Shaker life. Absolutely... More 

Thank Jeremy S
Niskayuna, New York
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Reviewed 21 May 2016

You need to allow plenty of time for this place if you want to catch some of the demonstrations and talks. Lovely gardens and knowledgeable volunteers. Tasty small meals in a pleasant little snack bar on site.

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