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“Shaker village well worth a visit”

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 9, 2013

Although it had not yet opened for the season, the people there were warm and welcoming and let us visit the barn where the newborn animals were. A supervisory person gave us a special short tour and explanation of the Shaker way of life. Everyone there was warm and welcoming. I am definitely going back to visit when they are open for the season.

Thank MarciaG371
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

For a day of historic site information, Hancock Shaker Village has as much information as you need with a guide, or you can walk around on your own and talk with people at the various demo areas. A beautiful site, amazing restoration, very interesting history. In the spring there are baby animals, different events throughout the year though make it good any time for a visit. Very family friendly.

Thank Mary G
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

When you are traveling to the Berkshires, you must make a stop at Hancock Shaker Village a part of your trip. Check the weather and go on a nice day that isn't raining. You'll spend all day outside walking the fields of Shaker Village. There are special exhibits different times of the year, so check for these before you go. See the round barn, the animals, enjoy the room where the kids can try on Shaker costumes, and mild a pretend Shaker cow! Nice little restaurant/snack place too! or bring a picnic lunch and sit on the grass! Nice way to spend the day for sure.

Thank SugarMuff
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

The visit was pretty amazing. I couldn't believe all the items that were displayed, and how the buildings were maintained. I definitely recommend visiting the Hancock Shaker Village. You really need to give yourself at least half a day to really do the whole tour. You won't be disappointed. The gift shop was nice, too!

Thank Myrmyr971
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Reviewed December 14, 2012

We visited the Hancock Shaker Village one afternoon in the Fall, and could have spent much more time there. It was fascinating to learn about the Shakers, about whom we knew practically nothing before visiting the village. The costumed guides were knowledgeable, friendly, and willing to answer any questions they were asked. We heard very interesting explanations about the operation of the round barn, and about the style of living in the main dwelling, and would have stayed to learn more if we had had the time. We did manage to have a little impromptu Shaker dance lesson, which was great fun! Highly recommended if you are in the Berkshires.

Thank Ruth13m
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