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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 20 Attractions in Pittsfield
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Farms, Cultural
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, Cultural
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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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

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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16 helpful votes 16 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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Ashmore, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

A very interesting outing. A peaceful, tranquil place and a reminder of simpler times. Quite beautiful in many respects….

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London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Oh how I wish I had allowed more time to spend here! There is so much to see and absorb that you could spend an entire day here. The docents are very interesting and knowledgeable and bring everything to life. But, more importantly, they are unobtrusive, so if you want to wander round on your own you can. The buildings... More 

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Owego, New York, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

An interesting history of a little known, but very influential religious community. They were a group dedicated to serving God according to the dictates of their beliefs.

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Majorca, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Didn't know too much on the subject of the Shakers, but after a very informative presentation the subject became quite interesting. Take as much time to wander around the various buildings. Lots to see, so this could turn out to be a full day out.

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

I expected to spend a few hours here but ended up being there for 6 hours. There is so much to see! The explanations given by the staff were very helpful.

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Rockwood, Canada
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6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

We quite enjoyed our visit here. We knew very little about the Shakers before our visit. We wandered around most of the village seeing most of the buildings. We were very impressed with the guides located throughout the building. We talked to 3 of them and they were very knowledgeable and good at answering questions. There were things going on... More 

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Los Alamitos, California
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

This was a faith based self sustaining village. Tour several historic New England buildings; round barn, work sheds, wood shop, and the main structure that held sleeping quarters, meeting areas, kitchens, storage, etc. They were fantastic craftsmen, cooks, and farmers. Samples of their woodwork creations and handicraft abound. The docents are extremely informative and made our visit even more enjoyable.... More 

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Confolens, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Recommended by friends, we thoroughly enjoyed a couple of hours going back in time here. The simple, but ultimately unsustainable life, of the Shakers was especially brought to life by the excellent audio tour and at so little extra cost. A most enjoyable couple of hours.

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