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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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I went to the shaker village with my wife more as just killing time than out of initial interest. I was very surprised how fascinating the village was. The buildings and area is... read more

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I went to the shaker village with my wife more as just killing time than out of initial interest. I was very surprised how fascinating the village was. The buildings and area is well taken care of and the staff most helpful. Learned a lot about the history of the shakers I never knew.especially interesting to me was the wood... More 

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Lenox, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Learned quite a bit about the Shakers, how they lived and prospered while remaining true to their religious beliefs.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is always a kid favorite. GET YOURSELF A SUSTAINER LEVEL MEMBERSHIP AT THE BERKSHIRE MUSEUM. It allows unlimited visits at affiliated facilities of which the village is.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Hancock Shaker Village is an open air museum that traces the history of a religious community that lived here from 1790 to 1960. There are 20 buildings on 750 acres to explore. It's a good family visit that shows rural life in a self-sufficient community. Various artifacts from the textiles, tools, furniture, art, crafts and iron products made here... More 

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Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is one of the preserved Shaker communities in New England, and one of my most favorite 'escape' places. I have their Fall Country Fair marked on my calendar for September, which in addition to all the wonderful bunnies and chickens exhibited in the Round Barn, also houses a quilt exhibit. This year, there is an additional quilt collection being... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Our first trip to Hancock shaker village was in May 2016. My boys loved seeing and petting the baby animals. They enjoyed pony rides and homemade ice cream (both cost extra). They loved roaming around the different buildings and watching the different on hand demonstrations.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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 1 week ago 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 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 2 weeks 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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