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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
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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The best place to see baby animals and learn some history too. We are getting ready to go back this year to see them again

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

The best place to see baby animals and learn some history too. We are getting ready to go back this year to see them again

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Adams, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I like to go to Hancock Shaker Village in the spring when they have their baby animals. They do a wonderful job with the upkeep of the buildings, and it is a great place to bring kids! There are a lot of activities for the young ones, and great history for the adults! They have an ice cream place and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

I visit at least 7 times a year. Its a wonderful village to learn, relax, explore a people with an ingenious look about nature, animals, the lives they chose to live. I love the tours which include singing, dancing, demonstrations of the Shaker way of life. Go and check this amazing museum out you will not be sorry...sorry to say... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Rarely seen, a round barn. Leave it to the shakers to come up such an ingenious solution to feeding cattle. Such a peaceful and smart group of people, and they pick the most beautiful places to live (I have also visited Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill in Kentucky). This is well worth the stop if only to see the cows... More 

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Bayville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We visited the village in a quite cold autumn day with our 2 and 4 years old. They lived to explored the building, and we spent ages in the barn feeding animals and watching them. The heated toy/play room was nice, with different things to try. My son loved the live demonstrations and being able to try things out. It... More 

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Great Missenden, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We were looking around for places to visit and my wife expressed an interest in visiting the Shaker village. It would not have been my top pick nor did I know much about the Shaker movement. But this was all to the good as I found the visit very interesting and look back on it as highlight of our trip.... More 

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Cranston, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

A trip to the Shaker Village is a nice way to spend an afternoon. I l especially liked seeing the barn where the cows were kept - ingenious design.There are a number of buildings to explore and the children will like seeing the school and dressing in Shaker clothing. The grounds are beautiful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Don't know much about Hancock but seems like a nice town to live and it's a beautiful area. I would consider living in Hancock in a log cabin :)

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Farmingville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

I was surprised at how much I did NOT know about the Shakers. The staff and the craftspeople are friendly and really into their jobs. There are quite a few buildings and there's much to learn. It was a wonderful fall day and we strolled slowly through the buildings. There's a cafeteria but it's expensive. Food was good. It's a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

My wife and I met while working here in 1984. I was a summer craftsman and she an accountant. We have been back many times since and can recommend this museum as a well thought out restoration with much authenticity. Craftspeople perform demonstrations and the animals in the farm areas are of heritage stock.

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