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Hancock Shaker Village

#1 of 25 things to do in Pittsfield Features Animals
1843 W Housatonic St, Routes 20 & 41, Pittsfield, MA 01201-7513
+1 413-443-0188
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Simply Beautiful

We had such a nice day! Wish we had arrived earlier. We were there for about four hours but found... read more

Reviewed June 25, 2016
Michele E
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Islandia, New York
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Interesting stroll through the past

This is a well maintained historical village of the Shaker community. You take a self-directed... read more

Reviewed June 24, 2016
nancynj
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Rartian, NJ
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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 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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1843 W Housatonic St, Routes 20 & 41, Pittsfield, MA 01201-7513
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Reviewed June 25, 2016 via mobile

We had such a nice day! Wish we had arrived earlier. We were there for about four hours but found ourselves rushing towards the end to get it all in. The interpreters were knowledgeable and friendly. We got to see demonstrations of the water-powered turbine,...More

Thank Michele E
Reviewed June 24, 2016

This is a well maintained historical village of the Shaker community. You take a self-directed tour through the grounds that has old buildings and fields. Several buildings have various docents and crafts people that can answer questions and provide demonstrations. The highlights are the round...More

1  Thank nancynj
Reviewed June 20, 2016 via mobile

This is a lovely self touring estate. The grounds are beautifully maintained and is a paradise for the abide photographer. We got to make a portion of a shaker basket in the woodworking shed which was fun. I did this tour as a child but...More

Thank Methetrader
Reviewed June 19, 2016

Easily found, 2 good introductory films to give you a flavour of the place, a number of buildings to walk around with plenty of staff to talk to and tell you about the Shaker Culture. Really impressed by the round barn and the living quarters.

Thank j w
Reviewed June 19, 2016

This village is I'm sure very interesting, however be aware that it closes at 4 pm and that includes the grounds. We arrived at 2.40 pm and were charged the full admission price of $20 each with no mention of the fact that at 4...More

1  Thank TomRodger989
Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

A good collection of buildings mainly original to the site. Most buildings occupied with a knowledgeable curator. The Shaker ideas of adopting technology as it appeared puts them im a very different camp to the Amish, as does the idea of celibacy (total, somewhat ensuring...More

Thank John W
Reviewed June 15, 2016

This was an interesting village and the staff are willing to chat and answer any of your questions. We spent a good part of the day going from building to building learning how they lived. They have live animals wandering around some of the village....More

Thank beaufortgirl1959
Reviewed June 7, 2016

We have been to other Shaker villages in New England. This was on a par with all. It is in a very nice setting and the docents were very informative. In fact we had difficulty getting away for a couple of them. The grounds are...More

Thank P M
Reviewed June 6, 2016

Wife and I are members of the Enfield, NH Shaker Museum. Being in the PIttsfield, Ma area, we toured the Hancock Shaker Village. We applaud the knowledge of the guides dressed as Shakers, the cleanliness of the whole village, the seven minute introductory video, and...More

Thank OutdoorSteveNH
Reviewed June 4, 2016

I would recommend for anyone interested in seeing how the Shakers lived during the late 1800, and early 1900s. They were smart, efficient and peaceful. You can wander on your own and/or use an audio guide (which added a lot). They have demonstrations throughout the...More

1  Thank Craig D
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888jackt
When is free admission for berkshire county residents?
April 19, 2017|
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Response from Maribeth C | Property representative |
Admission is free for all visitors on Friday, July 21, 2017. We hope you plan to visit!
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Bonniemtm
Are they open in November? Days? Times?
October 7, 2016|
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Response from Arlene M | Reviewed this property |
No. The close in October.
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lovingyaya
Information about the Divine Mercy Shrine......do we need to add this to our limited time in Stackbridge? We are touring NR museum and Shaker Village. TYIA
September 3, 2016|
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Response from Tomdee1 | Reviewed this property |
I would say it's an interesting place if you are a religious or spiritual person. the stations of the Cross are impressive. enjoy!
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