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“Great place to visit especially in the early Spring”

Hancock Shaker Village
Ranked #1 of 26 things to do in Pittsfield
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed April 11, 2012

This is a great place to learn about the Shackers, see their settlement and animals. Early Spring, they feature baby animals and the "Behind the Scene " tour that is well worth it. This year it included a hay ride, additional baby animals and access to the knowledgable Agricultural Director.

Also on site is a cafe and SoCo ice cream shop that is also worth a stop.

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Reviewed March 27, 2012

A simplier life. Beautiful grounds. Loved the buildings.

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Reviewed March 1, 2012

Whatever happen here is so far removed from the mainstream. More attention could be given to promote facility.

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Reviewed February 2, 2012

Experience and grow to fully understand the culture of the Shakers and their contributions to the arts and the Berkshire region.

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Reviewed January 24, 2012

The Round Barn is beautiful. There are many educational programs offered.

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