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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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Brought our 13 year old daughter and 8 year old son. We enjoyed the easy one mile trail through the forest. My son practices woodworking with original tools, my daughter tried her... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Brought our 13 year old daughter and 8 year old son. We enjoyed the easy one mile trail through the forest. My son practices woodworking with original tools, my daughter tried her hand at the loom, all enjoyed the barn and discovery sees for hands-on fun. My husband was happy to see an original 1925 car in a heated garage.... More 

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Wonderfully preserved and restored Shaker Village. Farm, fields, buildings and fantastic round barn. Great history, great for kids.

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed this Museum very much, great learning experience and what a beautiful setting. Neat, clean and the staff was very friendly and knowledgeable.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This Shaker Village is in pristine condition with about twenty original buildings in the village to explore. There are historians and docents. There are also tons of hands on activities for children. It was fascinating walking around for hours learning about the Shaker people who in their heyday numbered about 5,000 members. They were progressive in innovation, producing beautiful crafted... More 

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Lenox, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting way to observe the life style of the Shakers. Our favorite part was observing and interacting with the baby animals.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great experience in the ingenuity of former generations of America and the technology of their day. Very enjoyable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is a very good place to bring the kids. It is very educational and you can show them just how simple life used to be. A place for everything.. and everything in it's place.. and all. Great place to visit to unlock the secrets of yesteryear and what an amazing bit of construction that round barn is on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

AMAZING Today's society could learn much from the shaker lifestyle. Hard work, diversified jobs and responsibilities and pride and quality in all that is done by all each day. Impressive. This historic site is meticulously maintained and still functions as a working, learning farm community. It transformed my thinking and approach to my personal life. One day visit can possibly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place for a day trip to The Berkshires!! Great history and educational experience for everyone!!

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Great Barrington, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have family visiting from Canada and Italy. I'm bringing them to unique places in the Berkshires to teach them about our area and American history. Hancock Shaker Village is an extraordinary place. Their ingenuity and creativity was remarkable. The brick dwelling and the round barn are amazing structures. The artwork is beautiful, especially the Tree Of Life. The furniture... More 

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