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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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Hancock Shaker Village - a working farm and museum.

A working museum, learn about this part of history by seeing it operate. Baby animals each spring, get the kids to go to see the baby animals and they will learn just be seeing... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

A working museum, learn about this part of history by seeing it operate. Baby animals each spring, get the kids to go to see the baby animals and they will learn just be seeing the village.

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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

This village is a wonderful and fascinating look at the life of the Shakers as it must have been lived during their time in Western Massachusetts. I won't even try to explain their history and fascinating development and decline, but "google" them and I bet most people will be intrigued. The village consists of many buildings,and includes a farm with... More 

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Ghent, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Great family day, Enjoy all this museum has too offer. Take time to enjoy lunch, try the chicken salad sandwich. If you have time the traditional shaker dinners are incredible. You will need reservations, great experience and well worth it.

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Peabody, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We had a great time at shaker village with our 6, 3 and. 4 month old. Plenty of room for the kids to run around and be loud. They loved the animals. We brought lunch and ate under a tree.

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philadelphia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We really enjoy visiting historical places and didn't know much about the Shaker community before coming, but this place exceeded our expectations. The Shakers had a fascinating history of religious tenets, which were very progressive at the time (e.g., racial, sexual equality). We ended up spending more hours here than expected, being here from 10 AM to 4:15 PM because... More 

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Troy, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Four of us spent the day touring this village. We learned a lot about the way the Shakers lived. We listened to an interpretive talk, given by a docent who had been working there for seven years. She knew a lot about the folks who used to live in the village. There are many buildings to tour, and lots of... More 

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Key west
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Can't believe how time flew. Rented audio tour devices but they were not necessary. The hourly interpretation talks were interesting and provided a lot of the same info. Different guides were excited to share their talks and the secrets of the buildings. My husband and I were extra impressed with the machine shop and dwelling guides. Nice focus given to... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I just visited Hancock Shaker Village with my 80 year old parents and my 9 year old daughter and we had a really wonderful time. The round barn is amazing, the animals are adorable, we saw the water turbine demonstration and the Shaker music and dance demonstration. We brought our own picnic and we were able to enjoy it in... More 

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

A little pricey to get in if you have a group ($20/adult), but definitely a fascinating place to visit. We pent a couple hours here roaming the grounds and the buildings seeing all the cool Shaker artifacts and learning about their history. This I worth the trip if you are at all interested in the Shakers or local history in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

You know, I never knew how fascinating Shaker culture was until visiting the Hancock Shaker Village. We attending a flax workshop, a woodwork workshop, and a felt working (where we made a felt bead), there is a live farm and by far one of the most beautiful gardens (the Shakers even had a medicinal garden). Though we did not go... More 

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