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Hancock Shaker Village

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Nice piece if history.

Very nicely done. Interesting and informative of a piece of history we did not know much of... read more

Reviewed yesterday
JSKazoo
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Kalamazoo, MI
I learned so much!

This was an idyllic way to spend an afternoon! All of the demonstrations and info sessions were... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Sara F
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Baltimore, Maryland
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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...more
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1843 W Housatonic St, Routes 20 & 41, Pittsfield, MA 01201-7513
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Reviewed yesterday

Very nicely done. Interesting and informative of a piece of history we did not know much of. Docents were very knowledgeable and accomodating.

Thank JSKazoo
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This was an idyllic way to spend an afternoon! All of the demonstrations and info sessions were super informative and interesting and I loved wandering the shaker grounds! Great exhibits for kids and the ability to see farm animals. We went with a multi-generational group...More

Thank Sara F
Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Sara F, Thank you for choosing to visit and for taking time to share your experince. Even better news that you spent time with generations of family! We are pleased that what we do was a good day for you. Travel well,

Reviewed 6 days ago

First, the visit would have been more enjoyable with a guided tour like some of the other places of this type offer. Unless the buildings have an “interpreter” inside, you have no idea what you’re looking at. You have to ask the questions to them,...More

Thank Weezi67
Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Weezi67, We do understand that the village is difficult and impossible for folks with ambulatory challenges; a draw-back of an authentic historic site. We don't charge wheelchair bound visitors, for that reason and so I'm discouraged you (or your friend) were charged. We were dissapointed...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

We visited on a dry sunny early Fall day. Much of the experience is outdoor or requires traveling between buildings, therefore prepare accordingly. The experience includes live animals, which is very good for young children. A very noble communal concept, however we questioned the religious...More

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Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

LKT_Travelers, Thank you for choosing to visit and for taking time to share your experience. We hope that if again ifnd yourself in The Berkshires, you might consider returning. There is truely always something new to see and do particularly in other seasons. Thank you...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There will be walking involved however the pathways are fairly smooth and well kept. We toured several buildings and learned a lot from the staff. BTW, DO ask questions! You'll need to set aside a few hours to take it all in. Enjoy...

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Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Steve H, Thank you for choosing to visit and for taking time to share your experience. And yes, our interpretive staff does LOVE to answer questions!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The goat yoga was so much fun. Everyone should try it. The animals were lovely as were the gardens and architecture. Like going back in time. Fun for kids - although mine got over it. Wish I had more time to explore.

Thank Dina M
Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dina M, #BAAMASTE! Yoga with goats...and time travel. Thank you for coming and for sharing your experience!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We spent a Sunday at HSV. We spent three hours but you could spend less or stretch out to four hours if you wanted. There’s little houses to see filled with different aspects of shaker life and different 15 minute talks on shaker life sprinkled...More

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Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

briana89, Thank you for choosing to visit and for taking time to share your experience! Learn a little, snack a little, meet a lamb...travel well.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My knowledge of the Shakers was limited and misconstrued. An afternoon visit to the village showed us that as a group, they were very progressive industrially, using and improving modern inventions and techniques. We did not realize they were originally mostly women who took in...More

Thank Jack K
Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Jack K, Thank you for choosing to visit and for taking time to share your experience. We are pleased that your time here offered information (and pleasure). Travel well!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The positives: We were very impressed with the gardens - food and herb gardens were massive and well-tended. The buildings were very well preserved. There was signage to read about the Shakers. Children 12 and under were free. Negatives: On our Monday visit we found...More

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Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Frugalmama57, Thank you for choosing to visit and for sharing your experience. Your feedback is invaluable!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nicely run and maintained historic site. Several beautiful early 19th century buildings and farm. Great historic gardens, craft and farm demonstrations. Well worth the admission. Many great photo ops!

Thank Matheu M
Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Matheu M, Thank you for choosing to visit and for sharing your experience! We LOVE to see visitors snapping ans sharing! If you again find yourself in the Berkshires, we hope you'll consider returning.

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We have gone when it has been rainy and had a good time. Fewer people and much of it is inside. Just bring an umbrella.
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Well, horses are more high maintenance than cows since they need to be regularly fitted by blacksmith. Also, horses were used for plowing and transportation, none of that is required now. So from the economical stand point... More
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Yes you can go to the gift store without paying admission. The shop is across from where you purchase your tickets.
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