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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 17 attractions in Pittsfield
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Madison, Wisconsin
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52 reviews 52 reviews
32 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

This is a good place to learn about the little known Shaker villages. We have visited Pleasant hill in Harodsburg, Kentucky several time in the past. This village is smaller but has interesting features not found at Pleasant Hill. One should not miss the demonstration of the horizontal water powered turbine. This device is an example of the adaptability of... More

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

We vacationed in the Berkshires in Oct & spent a very pleasant afternoon at the Hancock Shaker Village just outside Pittsfield, MA. It is a carefully restored Shaker community showing how life was in this village of farmers, craftsmen & amazing inventors. So many ingenious ideas came out of this small village. The buildings are opened for your exploration &... More

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North Chatham NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

This is a place for the whole family. They have live animals for the kids and old historical buildings and furniture making tools used to make the unique Shaker furniture..You can almost feel the spirit of all the Shakers that lived and worked here. The staff was very knowledgeable and courteous. They also have hiking trails for your summer or... More

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PITTSFIELD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

if you are traveling to the Berkshires, Hancock Shaker Village needs to be on your itinerary! there is something for everyone - kids love the animals and discovery room, adults treasure the history and story of this utopian community, and even teens will like the engaging displays and beauty

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Educational and enthralling, especially if you like to discover architectural marvels. History of a culture, a religion, a world of inventiveness and a definitive step back in time.

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Berkshires
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36 reviews 36 reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Great for Adults and kids....Don;t miss the baby animals in the spring and all summer long different activities

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

I went off season so there was not a lot going on. I still had fun. They normally have demonstrations of how the Shakers made things. There was also a barn where you can pet the animals.

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The big round barn and live animals all fun. If you get hungry, the food is pretty good too. Try to visit when they have one of their terrific art openings. Lots to offer on a visit.

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

IF you have ever visited a farm, you've already been to Shaker village. The buildings are not worth the effort of trudging around AND risking your life crossing a busy highway. The gift shop is very high priced with the usual stuff. Has Shaker Village worn out it's welcome? For me it has.

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Midlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

What ever your views on the Shaker Movement, spend some time here and you will realise they have some very sensible and innovative ideas. The exhibits are very informative and the guides very helpful. The shop is full of lovely Shaker crafts and their signature boxes at prices much lower than you will find elsewhere.

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