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Hancock Shaker Village

1843 W Housatonic St, Routes 20 & 41, Pittsfield, MA 01201
413-443-0188
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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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Venice, Italy
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165 reviews 165 reviews
76 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

A complete Shaker village restored and functioning still as a community but the Shakers have long gone. The well-maintained and well-illustrated village explains the ethos behind the village and the success of it for many years. Do not miss the circular stone barn and the stone dwelling which are sizeable buildings for any community. The cafe prepares good food in... More

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South UK
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This is one of the nicest, well kept museums I have visited. The story of the Shakers is told from the beginning and develops as you meander through each building. Wonderfully maintained and presented by the period dressed staff who are so knowledgeable in the story of the Shakers. Each aspect is explained and depicted throughout, the grounds and farm... More

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Rancho Palos Verdes
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

This is a bit of old world life that's well-worth seeing. It's a complete village in which Shakers lived and worked. There are separate buildings for different jobs and functions - tannery, barn, cooking, ice house, living quarters. It's very interesting. Everyone there was very nice and helpful. There's a barn with different livestock. A baby chick had been born... More

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Wayne, New Jersey
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5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Well-kept village and grounds, with very knowledgable and friendly "interpreters", who are eager to share what they know about Shaker life. Interesting view into the lives of the shakers, or just go for the beautiful scenery.

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Springfield, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Honest replica, wear walking shoes, quite boring for those seeking something to "do" and/or event/activity.

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

A trip to the Hancock Shaker Village was not on my road trip agenda, but when I realized what I was driving past, I made a quick left turn into the parking lot. What an interesting side trip it was! All of the staff and volunteers were knowledgeable, friendly, and more than happy to answer my (many) questions.

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East Windsor, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Spent several hours touring this village. The buildings are well preserved. The exhibits explaining the Shaker way of life were quite interesting. However, I left wanting to know more about them. I recommend speaking with the historical reenactors and the modern staff. You will learn much more about the Shakers than you will glean from reading the various exhibits. I... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Went to Hancock Shaker Village for a family event, toured it afterwards - knew almost nothing about the topic...Docents made the place - these guys knew their stuff and could talk for hours. Almost no signage. I'm not sure i would take children there; except for the animals, there wasn't a whole lot that would be exciting, but for adults... More

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Fall River, Massachusetts
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13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Astounding architecture, beautiful gardens, simple yet exquisite crafts, a peaceful trip back in time. We took advantage of a free Friday in Massachusetts day to visit and have a picnic. A wonderful way to spend a day!

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Medford, New Jersey, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

2nd trip through with adult family members. Spent 3 hours touring all the buildings & watching the demonstrations. The volunteers are outstanding & informative. The Shaker culture, & utility, can be useful today...particularly if you renovate yourself. Don't miss trying the Salted Carmel, SoCo ice cream available @cafe. Taking the grandkids back in August for the farm animals & gardens.

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