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Hancock Shaker Village

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Address: 1843 W Housatonic St, Routes 20 & 41, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Phone Number: 413-443-0188
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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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Great Museum & Day Out!

The Shakers were such fascinating folk and a visit to the Shaker Village is a must do for Western Mass!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Durham, North Carolina
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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Shakers were such fascinating folk and a visit to the Shaker Village is a must do for Western Mass!

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Dalton, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's fun to go see the baby animals in the spring. I've also heard they do great weddings. Not sure if there are things to see other times of the year.

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Arroyo Grande, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a fascinating place to learn some of the history of the Shakers in western Massachusetts, with many buildings and exhibits to explore and docents that provide an interactive music and dance experience. The famous circular barn and other farm buildings are in use, with animals in place to see and pet and docents operating the old equipment. I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Step back in time with a charming, educational and fun visit to Hancock Shaker Village. You will learn the ways Shaker families met all their needs through hard work and devotion to God and community: how they farmed, raised animals, crafted life's necessities and the beliefs that guided them. It's a beautiful setting and includes the famous round barn. Hancock... More 

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MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

The Shakers were such interesting people to say the least. This place is beautiful! Have been coming here since i was a small child. Really great to visit this place in the spring or fall. However, if you would like to have a more relaxing time checking out this amazing architecture and go slow. December is the time to go.... More 

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Arvada, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

We loved learning about the Shakers innovative farming techniques, viewing the round barn, hearing a talk about their beliefs, and watching an ironworker (blacksmith). We spent about 4 hours here and it was rainy and cold; so I can see that we might have spent more time if it was sunny outside. Difficult to read and view some exhibits because... More 

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Lightwater, Surrey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

Lots to see and much to learn about the Shakers - their history & heritage. Fascinating insight into their lives. Scenery is beautiful and some of the buildings are amazing expecially the large brick house where they actually lived as well as the Round Stone Barn.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

We spent the day checking out the Shaker Village. It was a very nice way to spend the day checking out the property, exhibits, buildings and the animals. The demonstrations were very cool to see and learn from. We never really knew much about the Shakers but came away understanding about them. The property is beautiful.

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Brooklyn, New York, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

All of the buildings and teh exhibits therein are interesting, but the ones with a docent or volunteer were so much better. They do not have enough staff to have a person in every building - alas. You'll need from 2 hours to all day, depending on whether or not you want to stay for every demonstration. The paths (except... More 

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Lenox, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

I love Hancock Shaker Village. It's a place that brings you back to simple times and the scenery is drop dead gorgeous. Love it completely. Great for weddings, too!

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