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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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My spouse and I spent several hours exploring this wonderful place. We walked around the gardens, went into each of the buildings, listened to some of the talks, and looked at the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

My spouse and I spent several hours exploring this wonderful place. We walked around the gardens, went into each of the buildings, listened to some of the talks, and looked at the baby animals. We also packed a lunch and enjoyed the nice picnic area and some of the wonderful ice cream in the cafe. We walked the nature trail,... More 

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

I visited on a Saturday and received a map of the area as well as the times for all of the talks/presentations. The staff was very helpful. The talks really helped to understand the Shaker history and way of life. Seeing the various buildings, furniture, tools, etc. help one to imagine what life may have been like. Seeing and discussing... More 

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Torrington, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We were luke warm about visiting this attraction. It was interesting to see how the Shakers lived but I'm not into communal living and reminded me of how hippies lived in the 1960-70's. Some of their buildings were interesting but their life style was too "foreign" to me to enjoy. The grounds and buildings are well kept and staff was... More 

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Rochester, New York
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We never heard of the place; just drove by and decided to stop. Spent all day there. We also paid for the self tour players. The staff in the buildings were very knowledgeable about the operation of their building or skill. Bery educational for children...well not infants. Seriously, take the time to visit this place.

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Braintree, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

My husband and I visited Shaker Village last year. We found the history of the Shakers and their life style so very interesting. The tour itself was not as interesting as some other historical sites that we have visited because there were no people to talk with at any of the houses. You did the tour with a map.

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Groton, Connecticut
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

The grounds were easily walkable; just give attention to your step as beautiful stone step entries are common, wood walkways, gravel , grass and dirt complete the mix. I was able to make the music/dance lesson in the Brick Dwelling @ 1:30; delightful and one will learn how the name "Shakers" came about. Unless having a whole day to explore,... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015 via mobile

I was looking forward to this visit with my daughter. While there it was just ok. We were handed a map with no further details. We were not told that the areas across the street were closed (school house, barn). When we went to the live animal section, as I was getting my daughter out of the stroller and an... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Our family (Mom, three daughters ages 14, 12 and 8, and Grammy) went to Hancock Shaker Village yesterday. It was our first visit, even though we are not new to the area. It won't be our last! All of us had so much fun wandering the grounds, poking our heads into various buildings and learning about the Shakers and early... More 

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Bloomington, Indiana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

More for couples with kids. Otherwise kind of boring and not much to do. The little gift store is pretty ok but not exceptional.

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Hillsdale, New York
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Wow, a amazing place this is, especially April its baby animal month. We took our 6 year old lil,girl learned a lot enjoyed every minute of it, extra bounus don't miss out on the cafe. So if you have a day it's well worth the Trip we had a great experience!!

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