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“Fascinating”

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 July 5, 2012

More than a museum, a must see display of all the clever innovations of the shakers. I have visited twice in the last three years and continue to be entertained! I still haven't seen the whole establishment and will return again.

Thank ihearyoutoo
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Reviewed July 4, 2012

I went there today with my wife. Great place for a day trip. Had lots to see and was made up of buildings and tools actually used in the past.

Thank Steve S
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Reviewed June 21, 2012

We went on a weekday afternoon. The only regret I have is that we only allowed about 2 hours to visit. The staff were wonderful. The gentleman in the woodshop offered a demonstration and mini lecture even though wevwere only 2 people. Jim, who did the tour, was great. Definitely a place to visit.

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Reviewed June 16, 2012

A great mix of history with modern times. The history of the old school house and round barn. The modern with the animals. A step back in time. A easy pace for all.

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Reviewed June 4, 2012

We went the the museum 5 times in the last year. They change exhibits often so there is always soemthing different to see. We joined as Grandparents so our grandchildren under 18 can get in for free. I took the middle 4 before Christmas and they dressed up in Shaker clothes. They looked so cute we put the picture on our Christmas card. In April we took the 2 little ones (2 and 3 1/2) to see the baby animals. They loved it.

Thank Sherrill999
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