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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 19 things to do 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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Gainesville, Florida
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121 reviews 121 reviews
72 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Rarely seen, a round barn. Leave it to the shakers to come up such an ingenious solution to feeding cattle. Such a peaceful and smart group of people, and they pick the most beautiful places to live (I have also visited Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill in Kentucky). This is well worth the stop if only to see the cows... More 

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London, United Kingdom
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

We visited the village in a quite cold autumn day with our 2 and 4 years old. They lived to explored the building, and we spent ages in the barn feeding animals and watching them. The heated toy/play room was nice, with different things to try. My son loved the live demonstrations and being able to try things out. It... More 

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Great Missenden, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We were looking around for places to visit and my wife expressed an interest in visiting the Shaker village. It would not have been my top pick nor did I know much about the Shaker movement. But this was all to the good as I found the visit very interesting and look back on it as highlight of our trip.... More 

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Cranston, Rhode Island
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126 reviews 126 reviews
41 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

A trip to the Shaker Village is a nice way to spend an afternoon. I l especially liked seeing the barn where the cows were kept - ingenious design.There are a number of buildings to explore and the children will like seeing the school and dressing in Shaker clothing. The grounds are beautiful.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
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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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44 reviews 44 reviews
30 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
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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Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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53 reviews 53 reviews
26 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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