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Hancock Shaker Village

1843 W Housatonic St, Routes 20 & 41, Pittsfield, MA 01201
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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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

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
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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44 reviews 44 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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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45 reviews 45 reviews
31 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
25 helpful votes 25 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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Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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1,388 helpful votes 1,388 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The village has about 25 buildings to see and tour, the oldest is the 1793 Meeting House. There are magnificent 1830s structures like the Brick Dwelling and the Round Stone Barn. When we went there were talks and demonstrations but no costumed guides. At the visitor center there is an eight minute video and a museum and there are information... More

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112 reviews 112 reviews
12 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Loved this well thought out attraction. The village was donated/ sold by the shakers and has been lovingly restored and maintained. The guides are very knowledgable and engaging with varied experiences on offer from milking a 'cow' to joining in Shaker music. The account to of shaker life from those on costume really add to the experience. Beautifully laid out... More

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Vienna, Virginia, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

The grounds are very nice and there are a lot of things to see. Unfortunately, we did not know they closed an hour early before the first day of summer, so we had to rush. Entrance fee was around $18 and no discounts for later in the afternoon. There are several buildings to visit and see how the shakers made... More

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Coral Springs, Florida, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We enjoy history and visited Plymouth Plantation as well as the Freedom trail on this trip. This site was a little disappointing. We took the audio tour, but thought the village might be more interactive. We didn't gain much from this trip. We did not eat here.

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