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“Excellent historic site/museum”

Hancock Shaker Village
Ranked #1 of 27 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 October 13, 2012

I love HSV! It has a relaxed atmosphere, yet an excellent interpretation of Shaker life and times. I enjoy walking the grounds, especially in the fall. We have a membership, so we can stop in for short amounts of time on a regular basis. The setting is gorgeous. The historic exhibits are excellent. They have a great Country Fair in the fall. For those who like to shop, the Gift Shop is well stocked. There are some kid-friendly exhibits, but probably could be more of them. (Dear HSV - The ADK Museum has recently added lots of stuff for kids. Check out their ideas some time.)

Thank CFCamper
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Hancock_Shaker, Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded October 15, 2012

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to Hancock Shaker Village. And thanks for the recommendation to look up ADK Museum. I had a look around their website and will explore it more closely in the spring when they open again. We are always looking for good ideas of ways to engage kids and youth. Our discovery room allows children to try out spinning, weaving on a real loom, chair weaving, basket making and much more. Our animals are always a big attraction. We have pigs, chickens, turkeys, goats, sheep, cows and much more. We also offer a tour for children to stroll around the grounds with a calf in training to become an Ox, a workshop for children to cook like the Shakers. And during the school vacation months we offer a tour just for children to see the Village through the eyes of a Shaker child, from how they lived and played to where they went to school! Kids don a Shaker bonnet or straw hat and walk in the footsteps of the children who lived at Hancock. We host frequent school and camp field trips which feature the 1830 Brick Dwelling, Round Stone Barn, and Laundry/Machine Shop, where students learn about the history and culture of the Shakers, and the chores and education of Shaker children, with discussion of what life was like in early American society. The tours are tailored to students' ages. Skill development, apprenticeships, and work roles are emphasized with teens. We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed October 9, 2012

Needed more time here,there is much to see and explore. Fascinating to hear the guide describe the Shaker beliefs and their way of life. Lovely buildings, simply designed and beautifully constructed. Large car park and cafe on site. Shop....of course! Not inexpensive to go in, so allow yourselves at least half a day.

Thank moses_karibu
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

My husband and I spent hours learning about Shaker life at the Hancock Shaker Village. Even the rain could not dampen a wonderful and informative day. Must visits include - the Brick House, the Shaker barn, and the music program!!

Thank eilwalker
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

The entire village is well preserved from the round barn to the dormitory building. Take about a half day to explore the property and get an education into this odd group of folks and their beliefs.

Thank LarryS17
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

We visited on a beautiful late summer day. The landscape is beautiful and the architecture of the buildings is really interesting, as well as there was a lot of information from the volunteers about Shaker religion, culture and history. I've always been interested in Shaker design and it was great to learn more about their peculiar cultural perspective that shaped what they created. Well worth a visit if you are interested in design, comparative religion, history or agriculture.

Thank Darren E
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