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Address: 1843 W Housatonic St, Routes 20 & 41, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Phone Number: 413-443-0188
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Description: Hancock Shaker Village is a living history museum whose mission is to...
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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I went to Hancock Shaker Village thinking I wasn't going to like it too much. They had the most adorable baby animals I have ever seen. Also seeing all of the old buildings and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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Adams, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

I went to Hancock Shaker Village thinking I wasn't going to like it too much. They had the most adorable baby animals I have ever seen. Also seeing all of the old buildings and seeing how they lived back then its so interesting. Bring your children here, they will love it.

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arapoti
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

we passed by this village but arrived at almost 4 o clock when the attraction already closes. The attendant was very friendly and let us just in for free so we could run to the round barn we wanted to see so much. It as a pity we didn`t have time to seee all of the village because it looked... More 

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North Dartmouth, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

This is a working farm so there were animals to visit, craftsmen to observe,and fresh food to eat at the Café (in and outside dining). Costumed volunteers explained about the Shakers. The beauty, functionality, and simplicity of their buildings, furnishings and the farm in general make it a most pleasant place to visit

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Lots of history to see. Plan your trip to see demonstrations and tour with staff Its included in ticket price and makes visit more interesting. Toured brick dwelling, round barn, work area, gardens. Stay for service and found out how they got there name. Ate lunch there also food was very good SoCo ice cream was delicious.

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New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

A beautiful location for this Shaker Village with it's spectacular round barn. The original Shaker houses and workshops demonstrate the life and history of the Shakers, a religious sect. Demonstrations on basket making and talks about the Shakers are included. You can spend a good few hours walking from building to building browsing their gardens with herbs, vegetables and medicinals.... More 

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Phuket, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We spent four and a half hours here and loved it. It was well set up, with a number of demonstrations and restored buildings - the circular barn is fabulous. "Sister Margaret" showing the Shaker hymns and dances was great. It was an insight into another way of life in a well-organized and peaceful spot. Well worth a visit -... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

I was pretty impressed with the creativity and foresight of the Shakers! They were well ahead of their time. There were plenty of demonstrations and talks going on throughout the day to teach us about the Shakers, and I was glad for that. I don't think I would have learned nearly as much just walking around on my own. I... More 

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Fresno, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We found the Shakers to be very inventive and certainly did put their common sense to work. We were really unfamiliar with this culture - I had assumed it was much like the Quaker culture. While their peaceful lifestyles were similar their marital beliefs were quite different as well at their belief on using modern technology. This was an informative... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

We enjoyed walking through the various buildings which show how the Shakers lived their lives. We were disappointed with the lack of demonstrations and on site staff which was promised in the brochure and web site. Because of this we concluded the entrance fee of $20 was not justified.

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Toronto, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

A step back into the past visiting the fascinating egalitarian Shaker Culture. Beautifully preserved buildings. Excellent demonstrations and presentations. Good written information panels. Recommended for families, history buffs and those keen on architecture.

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Address: 1843 W Housatonic St, Routes 20 & 41, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Phone Number: 413-443-0188
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Berkshires  >  Pittsfield

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