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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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Atlanta, Georgia
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131 reviews 131 reviews
60 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

I'd give it 5 stars except that it was frustrating because there were a number of exhibits that had little to no information about the tools, implements, etc. that were used. There are alot of buildings and it is a great place to take photographs and learn about the Shakers, but I wish they would keep their signage up to... More

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St. Paul, Minnesota
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Well-worth an afternoon to wander around the grounds and tour the buildings. It's a great way to learn about the Shakers - loved the detail about the rocking chair sent to Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War.

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Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Lovely place to visit.Enjoyed an outside party under the tent .Animals to visit and nice museum.A good place for all ages.Hope to visit again.

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Chapel Hill, NC
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit, but my wife, a modern architect, was in heaven. She was fascinated by the Shaker aesthetic, favorably comparing the quality of Shaker designs and workmanship to buildings and crafts she had seen in Japan. She took hundreds of photos. Jim and the other cheerful guides went out of their way to answer questions and explain... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We had initially set aside a morning to visit Hancock Shaker Village; we ended up spending the entire day. We were moved by the story of the Shakers, vividly brought to life by the well-preserved buildings and the knowledgeable guides, and our kids (8 and 4) had a wonderful time feeding the animals, working the machines in the furniture-making shop.We... More

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Dallas, Texas
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76 reviews 76 reviews
21 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

It was a full day of walking around houses and barns. It was very interesting learning through demonstrations and short talks about the Shaker's and their faith. Loved the singing and dancing especially involving the audience. There were lots of artifacts that you don't always get to see in places like this, which was nice. This was a "must see"... More

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North Dighton, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Come learn about the Shakes and see how they lived. See a major part of New England/New York history in a "living" history setting. Stop at nearby New Lebanon to see a 2nd settlement (now a private school.. but a walk about is interesting t see the similarities between the 2 groups....

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Boston, Massachusetts
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We always enjoy this wonderful place, particularly being able to show ourselves around. The entrance is welcoming as is the short video to introduce the "village" to us. Every staff member is interested and interested in the needs and questions of the "guest". (and we do feel like treasured guests!) The smells, the animals, the special exhibits all complete a... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
32 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Yes, a full day as there's so much to see. We were lucky as it was a very sunny day, and you can just wander all over the place AND take as many photos as you. Don't forget to cross the road and see the see the other places, concluding with the cemetery, which is empty but for a single... More

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South Hadley, Massachusetts
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The original Shaker Village was sold to the town and lovingly restored by people who recognized the educational and historical value of the location, especially the round barn. The architecture of this barn is amazing. Most of the village is self touring, although there are a few brief tours and presentations which offer a unique view into the life of... More

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