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Hancock Shaker Village

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Address: 1843 W Housatonic St, Routes 20 & 41, Pittsfield, MA 01201-7513
Phone Number: 413-443-0188
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Hancock Shaker Village is a living history museum whose mission is to bring...

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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A step back in time . Great visit for all ages

Watched the short movie ( offered in multiple languages ) after purchasing tickets. Had about two and a half to spend . Definitely could have stayed longer in retrospect . Loved... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Watched the short movie ( offered in multiple languages ) after purchasing tickets. Had about two and a half to spend . Definitely could have stayed longer in retrospect . Loved learning about the history of the Shakers . Great docent told us all about the circular milking barn and its contents . The grounds are beautiful . My 9... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A short drive from Tanglewood the Hancook Shaker Village is worth a visit. Take a step back in time, and see an impeccably preserved Shaker village in one of the most beautiful settings in the world. This is one of the best historical sight seeing experiences I have ever had. You can spend hours on the self-guided walking tours around... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We visited on a good weekend, it hosted all sorts of blacksmiths showing off there trades. Very cool, or hot!! to watch. The entire village is interesting as well. To see how these people lived was amazing. Very simple but impressive just the same. It was rather hot when we were there so we only took about three hours to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice grounds and buildings consistent with the era. A nice activity room for kids to engage in some period activities. The only disappointment was the lack of staff to educate us on the buildings, history etc

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Amityville, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Shakers were a religious group who embraced innovation and hard work dedicated to God. This village was one of their communities preserved to show how they lived and worked. The docents were wonderful, informative and helpful. Enough for both kids and adults to see and have fun with.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Hancock Shaker Village on a whim. From start to finish it was a beautifully preserved piece of Americana. The grounds are beautiful and easy to get around. The buildings feel like you stepped back in time. The few employees/volunteers were delightful and very informative. We had seen signs for the village a few years ago when we were... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Shaker Village is a very interesting stop to make while visiting the Berkshires. The most interesting part of my visit concerned the scientific farming practices implemented by the Shaker community almost 200 years ago.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our first museum visit during our trip to the Berkshires and we spent all day there to enjoy all the presentations that were available. So much to be learned about a group of citizens some of whom continue to live in the tradition of this sect. Peaceful setting, educational presentations. Well done!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

They have done a nice job preserving this piece of an American utopian society that is likely to die out shortly (the last remaining Shaker village is in Maine). The round barn is a feat of design genius - minimizing work and maximizing efficiency. It's big drawback is that it is not terribly well signed, and there aren't a lot... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

18th century farm to table cooking and green living! Lots of artifacts, beautiful grounds and historic buildings. Definitely stop here to walk the grounds if you are in the area.

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