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“A must visit”

Hancock Shaker Village
Ranked #1 of 28 things to do in Pittsfield
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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 June 16, 2013

The village is well run and plan on spending at least a few hours there to see all the buildings. The machine shop was extremely worthwhile as a staff member showed how they used hydro power to run items like a band saw and other carpentry tools. The round stone barn is huge and a staff member will explain how it was built and the features that were incorporated in the design. You will get see many farm animals, vegetable and herb gardens, and learn about the shakers history. They have a café where they serve lunch on the property from 11 AM to 2PM. We had purchased a multi museum properties pass which is well worth it if you are staying a couple of days in the area.

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Reviewed June 15, 2013

My wife and I had visited the shaker village in New Hampshire a few years ago and as for the many similar things they had, many of the structures were different. This place is worth checking out especially if you can get the multi museum pass at a discounted rate

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Reviewed June 13, 2013

Excellent place to visit. We spend most of the day here. It was not busy being early in the season. Very interesting and informative. A few of the buildings had staff in costume to give explanations or demonstrate what happened in the building. We enjoyed see the turbine being demonstrated. The barn is fascinating. Beautiful walks and there are animals too

Thank Alison B
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

Hancock Shaker Village presents the Shakers' history in an informative and interesting way. Many exhibit buildings had costumed staff demonstrating Shaker crafts/skills and visitors were encouraged to participate with questions and in some cases, could participate in the demonstration. The programs were designed for all age groups. Signage was excellent and very user friendly. A most pleasant way to spend several hours enjoying history. Discounts available for admission.

Thank Marilyn C
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

We visited the Hancock Shaker Village on a driving trip through New England and were very glad we stopped. We had visited a similar spot called "Old Wisconsin" on a previous trip and had really enjoyed the history and enactors, so we were hoping for something similar. The history of the Shakers was unknown to us and visiting the village when there was a docent to help us understand it was really important. Though many of the exhibits are well noted, having a guide with great enthusiasm and knowledge of the topic means a lot. When we were there, three guides were available in different areas. We can only imagine what it would have been like on a day when the whole site was active.

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