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Hancock Shaker Village

1843 W Housatonic St, Routes 20 & 41, Pittsfield, MA 01201
413-443-0188
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Ranked #2 of 19 Attractions in Pittsfield
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Farms
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Massachusetts
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

My husband and I visited this place while staying in the area, the history was very interesting. The round building was amazing. we took a hike thru the woods, was so tranquil and beautiful foliage all around, there also was a fall fair at the village.

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Ware, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

I have visited this and other Shaker villages many times over the years. Hancock has, without a doubt, one of the most fascinating Shaker buildings- its round barn. While the Shakers are perhaps notorious for their celibacy, their success in communal living for a century is often overlooked and part of that success was their ingenuity in making work easier... More

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Rome, New York
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21 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

The Shaker Village was an interesting and pleasant surprise. Go back 150 years, when approximately 100 celibate men and women lived together in the Brick House. Go inside to see how they did it. Then try the Round Stone Barn. Go inside and see if you can figure it out. Seems like an ingenious marvel to me, but apparently it... More

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

A fantastic place to visit, gives a well informed insight into Shaker Life. Very good value for money. Spent from 10am till 4pm there, wasn't bored at all. Cafe on site, friendly and helpful staff

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We honestly went without expecting much. It was a beautiful fall day and wanted to be outside in the berkshires. The entry fee was very reasonable. There is a short video in five different languages describing what we would see. The grounds are spectacular. There are over 300 herbs planted there. This is a working farm. Everything is fresh, clean... More

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Lexington, MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

My first impression of Hancock Shaker Village was how well it was laid out. The property is extensive, but not so much so as to be overwhelming. The paths are easily traveled and well-marked. One drawback, however, is that not all the buildings are accessible to handicapped people; many of them have large granite steps without railings which must be... More

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South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

On a trip to Lenox MA, I heard about the Shaker Village. A beautiful drive just outside Pittsfield, brings you to this beautifully restored and maintained historical site. Video overview was very good. Historical information and stories posted on signs make for a a nice self paced tour. Easy trails on this hilly property gives some great views of the... More

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Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Hancock Shaker Village provides a closeup view of what is was like to live as a Shaker. The team of volunteers who run the different exhibits, i.e., the residences, the blacksmith, woodworks, barn and farming areas, are all very pleasant and knowledgeable. We were there on a woodworkers weekend and found lots of people demonstrating their wares and know-how.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

The only non original buildings are a very small number brought onto the site to replace original ones that were removed many years back, thus its a totally accurate representation of how the site looked in its heyday. A lot of time and effort is being expended on looking after the site and keeping the buildings in good repair, unfortunately... More

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Fairfax, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Wow! People way ahead of their engineering time! Love the herb gardens with what we now call "alternative medicine." Ha! The round barn is just genius! Too bad these people were celibate or they would have continued improving on ideas and contributing to the outside world.

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