Hancock Shaker Village

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Hancock Shaker Village
4.5
Historic Sites • Farms • History Museums
Thursday
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
About
Hancock Shaker Village is a living history museum committed to bringing the Shaker story to life and preserving 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 20 historic buildings on this site. The values that the Shakers embraced -- equality, pacifism, community, sustainability, responsible land stewardship, innovation, simplicity and quality in work -- still resonate here. The working farm is the oldest in the Berkshires. Visit the gardens and animals, meet the interpreters, see demonstrations, hike the trails, immerse yourself in unique art exhibitions, and explore. A farm-to-table cafe is on site.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Beverly V
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Jul 2021
What a fascinating place to visit! My husband and I went there for the first time and were very impressed by this living museum, the architecture, rolling acreage it was on, and the tremendous sense of history. We did not know much about the Shakers upon arrival, but had learned a great deal upon departing! The round stone barn was incredible, and we also took the one mile walk around the outskirts of the complex. It was very though-provoking to walk this trail, and through the woods that the Shakers had once also walked. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. It is on a very large parcel of land, so can handle alot of people. We went mid day in July, and no problem with too many people. They also had a wonderful Cafe on the grounds which offered excellent bistro style food including homemade pies!! I would recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes so you can get off the beaten path if you want and explore this tribute to the past!
Written July 19, 2021
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Judy
Racine, WI41 contributions
Oct 2021
Please allow more then the suggested 1-2 hours to visit the Village. We were there for almost 5 hours. And we didn't even read all the information they had posted throughout the buildings. There is so much to see and learn. All the docents in the village were eager to share their knowledge about buildings and the people who lived there. Make sure you take time to listen to some of the presentations held throughout the day. Jeff gave excellent talks about the Shakers, sang songs and even taught a dance to us. The village does cover a lot of area so wear your good walking shoes. My husband can't walk far so uses a wheelchair and he was still able to go in several of the buildings. Most pathways between building were planked or compacted gravel.
Written October 10, 2021
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Florence B.
4 contributions
Aug 2021
We spent all afternoon exploring each building and learning a lot about the Shakers fascinating history and culture. I particularly enjoyed Jeff's narration under the maple tree. He is a gifted storyteller. The grounds are well kept, the pictures and narratives in each building are enlightening. For me two of the highlights were watching the animals up close in the barnyard and discovering the unique features of the round barn. You can easily spend most of the day there, eat in the cafe and shop in the store. A worthwhile visit!
Written August 13, 2021
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JJS1959
Peoria, AZ274 contributions
Jun 2021
We visited the Hancock Shaker Village yesterday and it was a great visit. It is well worth going to and you will see a bit of history you would not otherwise see or probably hear much about. The Shaker's are an unusual religious group that come as close to a cloistered lifestyle for any Protestant group as you are likely to find. They will remind one of the Benedictines (Roman Catholic) who practiced a celibate, quiet religious lifestyle of hard work, piety, and service to one's community. There are many old buildings on the property and one can see what the living quarters, meeting rooms, and barns looked like. You will also find the tour guides there to be very helpful and they will provide excellent insights as well. If you would like to get a view of New England's life style, it's well worth it. The cost is $18 per person for seniors, a bit more for others.
Written June 27, 2021
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btouro
Oak Hill, FL276 contributions
Oct 2021
We took advantage of our fall foliage trip to visit local attractions and the Hancock Shaker Village was noted as a good place to visit. As with most historical places, it was educational and enlightening to learn about the Shaker inhabitants of this commune and how they lived in the 1800's.

The village is faithfully and beautifully maintained and features some 20 buildings to visit and experience. Local staff offer guided tours of the property and address questions along the way.

We spent time in the blacksmith building and engaged in discussion as the he pumped the billows to fuel the flames of the forge heated coals in the production of a metal dinner bell. It was fun to see and view.

The grounds and buildings are meticulously maintained as they were back in the period times.

Many of the buildings and grounds are not accessible to people with disabilities with high steps to enter buildings and a good deal of walking to access the campus of buildings. The pathways were muddy due to recent rains but the day we visited was a warm nearly 70 degree day and quite enjoyable strolling the grounds.

If you are in to visiting cultures and customs of the past, then this is a worthwhile stop. A store features Shaker like products produced on site and by local artisans.
Written October 7, 2021
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Gene R J
Silver Spring, MD6,983 contributions
Jun 2021
We visited here today to see the 1826 "Round Stone Barn", one of the few surviving round barns in the state. The barn has 4 rings, ventilation, hay storage, hay distribution the hay, and the 4th ring for the 70 cows.
The Guernsey-Jersey cows were in the pasture with their calves, the gardens were planted and growing and the barns were mortise and tenon beam structures.
It seems an ideal community except for all the hard work, lots of praying and the fact that it died out.
The cafe had a nice menu and a wall of products produced on or near the farm. Great visit.
Written June 26, 2021
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Cbaz128
Toms River, NJ187 contributions
Jul 2021
We were recommended to visit the village by family living in MA. What a wonderful way to spend a day strolling the gardens and well preserved structures. The masterful woodworking, storage cabinetry and built ins inside the Brick building was especially fantastic and every woman's dream! The barn was fascinating. The views were spectacular. A storm was rolling in so we were not able to get over to the school house, meeting house and ministry shop, but it gave me a good reason to go back again. We did not do a guided tour, but many of the buildings had people to answer questions. The carpenter and guy mowing the lawn who said he resides there were very friendly and helpful. There were many volunteers scattered about the property working. The goats and lamb were adorable. Much care is taken to maintain the property and it shows. Next time I'll do a guided tour to learn even more.
Written July 19, 2021
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Marilyn R
Warwick, RI49 contributions
Aug 2021
We were staying in Stockbridge and took a trip to the Shaker Village. Personally I was in awe - what this group accomplished and how they managed to live the way they did was simply amazing! From the round barn to the beautiful woodwork and craftsmanship it was really amazing. I would have loved to have some of those built-in cabinets in my home! We also took a walk on the trial (it's about a mile long) and along the way if offered info on the woods, trees and herbs and how they played a part in the lives of the villagers. It was such an interesting place - I've told plenty of people about it and have recommended a visit to all of them.
Written August 27, 2021
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Mary S
Elkton, MD215 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
Although I’ve always admired Shaker style furniture I knew nothing about the Shaker community. This historic village has beautiful buildings with some working artisans in the furniture and blacksmith shop. It is a great opportunity to learn about the Shaker religious order. We were able to listen to a guide present a very informative overview.
Written October 29, 2020
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Mark W
Boca Raton, FL2,698 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
We were there primarily to see a play at the Chester Thrater. We had a small lunch before the performance, fresh vegetables soup and grilled cheese - quite good. Unfortunately, there was a long wait to get served.

The gift shop has many Shaker themed items. The bathrooms were clean, and the performance in the outdoor tent was outstanding.
Written July 25, 2021
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Hancock Shaker Village is open:
  • Thu - Sun 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM