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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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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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Hancock Shaker Village houses the no longer used buildings of a Shaker Community. It has a unique round barn, and several other buildings. Tour guides describe how the Shakers... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

Hancock Shaker Village houses the no longer used buildings of a Shaker Community. It has a unique round barn, and several other buildings. Tour guides describe how the Shakers made their furniture, farmed their crops and cooked their food. There are family dinners held here to give visitors the sense of what it was like in olden times. They also... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We are two older adults, but we saw families enjoying the attraction, and we think it has something for everyone. It is a sort of living museum, with timed demonstrations going on in various areas, and staff around to ask questions otherwise. We learned a lot about the Shaker way of life and traditions. We particularly enjoyed the singing and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We visited the berkshires and this was probably our favorite part. Very informative, and just so cool! Got to play dress up, learn of their way of living. It was a really great way to spend the day. I'm so glad someone told us to visit. I love all of the valuable lessons throughout the village

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Our family went to the Hancock Shaker Village and we had two kids 13 & 15 who like history and it was $56 for all four of us. While that was pricey for us, we all had a great time. We saw a woodworker making their famous oval boxes, we saw a blacksmith firing and making hooks, we loved the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

My wife and I decided to spend part of our 40th wedding anniversary with a trip to this living museum not far from us. It is a national historic landmark that we have often driven past. There are a number of programs and demonstrations that take place around the grounds. There was a water-turbine demonstration in the Laundry and Machine... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

We spent about three hours at this fascinating small living history museum. The village was once a Shaker community and was only handed over for preservation in 1959 when the community became unsustainable because of its size. There are several important buildings to visit including the accommodation building, various workshops and an incredible circular barn. All sort of activities are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

I've lived my entire life within fifty miles of this museum and before today never entered its wonderful grounds. So anyone within a reasonable distance who has not yet experienced this wonderful museum and learn more about local history is missing out on a great learning experience. The entire staff is not only knowledgeable about the subject topics this discuss... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

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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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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