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Hancock Shaker Village

Address: 1843 W Housatonic St, Routes 20 & 41, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Phone Number: 413-443-0188
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Ranked #2 of 20 Attractions in Pittsfield
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Farms, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Hancock Shaker Village is a living history museum whose mission is to bring the Shaker story to...
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Farms, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
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.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Don't know much about Hancock but seems like a nice town to live and it's a beautiful area. I would consider living in Hancock in a log cabin :)

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Farmingville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

I was surprised at how much I did NOT know about the Shakers. The staff and the craftspeople are friendly and really into their jobs. There are quite a few buildings and there's much to learn. It was a wonderful fall day and we strolled slowly through the buildings. There's a cafeteria but it's expensive. Food was good. It's a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

My wife and I met while working here in 1984. I was a summer craftsman and she an accountant. We have been back many times since and can recommend this museum as a well thought out restoration with much authenticity. Craftspeople perform demonstrations and the animals in the farm areas are of heritage stock.

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Riga
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

My wife and me was invited by my cousin, was not very interested, but when the guide showed us around and told us all the stories, and we realised what it was, and how far these people got, we were so impressed, that we will never forget.

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

I went with my family to see the baby animals this year and it was great. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable about all the animals in their care. My family had a wonderful time.

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Lots of hands on fun for the kids. They will enjoy the activities and learn at the same time. Eat before you go.

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Ashmore, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

A very interesting outing. A peaceful, tranquil place and a reminder of simpler times. Quite beautiful in many respects….

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Oh how I wish I had allowed more time to spend here! There is so much to see and absorb that you could spend an entire day here. The docents are very interesting and knowledgeable and bring everything to life. But, more importantly, they are unobtrusive, so if you want to wander round on your own you can. The buildings... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

An interesting history of a little known, but very influential religious community. They were a group dedicated to serving God according to the dictates of their beliefs.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Didn't know too much on the subject of the Shakers, but after a very informative presentation the subject became quite interesting. Take as much time to wander around the various buildings. Lots to see, so this could turn out to be a full day out.

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