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“Hancock Shaker Village”

Hancock Shaker Village
Ranked #3 of 28 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 May 1, 2012

My husband, two daughters age 10 and 12 and i just returned from a trip to Hancock Massachusetts and while there we visited the Hancock Shaker Village. We had a blast! The month of April is a month that the village has baby animals which are a hands on experience. We thouroughly enjoyed this experience. There was a man by the name of John at the village in the round barn who made our experience incredible, he was amazing and very full of knowledge regarding the village and the animals. We loved being able to hold the animals and learn about them while enjoying this experience. We wandered through the village at our leisure and we learned so much. Our daughters loved this experience as did we. I would highly recommend the Shaker Village, the staff are great the experience is incredible and it is well priced for the amount of information and hands on learning.

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Reviewed April 28, 2012

Great place to bring the grandchildren, children. Check their calendar for the current happenings.

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Reviewed April 24, 2012

A real working farm museum, with an authenticity that may be lacking at more phony "Pilgrim-Plantation" style attractions. Time stands still at the Hancock Shaker Village, as if their community upped and left for Maine last year, instead of in 1960. The museum provides a window into a simple, monastic lifestyle, impossible to imagine for our consumer-culture kids. Volunteers run the blacksmith shop and the carpentry workshop, and on the weekend we visited ("Baby Animal Weekend") all the woolly sheep were being sheared of their coats. We liked the ice-house, the biggest "fridge" imaginable, and the tools and pictures of ice-harvesting to fill it with massive slabs of ice from local lakes. Who knew?

The clever Shakers chose a beautiful pastoral setting - there is not a glass-clad office tower in sight for miles and miles (thanks in part to the Pittsfield State Forest). What a joy for us city-dwellers who fantasize about country-living (but who will never leave the city behind.) Oh, and it was fun to climb in the pens with the piglets, lambs, and calves. I never knew that piglets wagged their tails like puppies. I learned a lot and had a blast.

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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 1, 2012

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

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