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Hancock Shaker Village

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Address: 1843 W Housatonic St, Routes 20 & 41, Pittsfield, MA 01201-7513
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Hancock Shaker Village is a living history museum whose mission is to bring...

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.

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We visited the Shaker Village yesterday, May23. Interesting to learn about the Shaker lives. There are buildings and trails to walk, as well as a store selling Shaker style gifts... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Sue S
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Mashpee, Massachusetts
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Mashpee, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited the Shaker Village yesterday, May23. Interesting to learn about the Shaker lives. There are buildings and trails to walk, as well as a store selling Shaker style gifts, including the famous Shaker boxes. There are some buildings that are self guided as well as others with set time programming or people available to speak with you or answer... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

DO NOT skip this if you are visiting the Berkshires! There is so much to see! We went while there were some baby animals to view, so that is extra special. There is so much to see, and there is more information available than one visit can accommodate. We enjoyed the talk at the brick house immensely. There is a... More 

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North Adams, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The men and women lived side by side but separately. With no children the fundamentalist sect dwindled to just a few elders. Their mandate combined farm work and worship. The iconic round barn was designed as a labor saving development. Their functional furniture anticipated modernism and minimalism. There is much to see and enjoy just a short drive from Pittsfield.... More 

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Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this review

Gonzology, thank you for taking time to share your experience at Hancock Shaker Village! If you again find yourself in the Berkshires, please do add a stop to your itinerary. There truly is always something new to see and do at Hancock. More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We took our 5 yr old grandson here for a fun day. Pony ride was good as were all the baby animals. Lunch was somewhat disappointing, plan on packing a picnic. Prices at the restaurant are high if you're feeding a family. Food quality was good but limited selections and sandwiches were $10 each. A bottle of water was $2.... More 

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Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this review

Hello aebcpama. So pleasing you (and your grandson) enjoyed your spring visit to the Village. There is ample outdoor (and indoor) communal picnic space. Please do pack a mid-day meal or snack and dine with a spectacular view. We hope you might visit again and start a family tradition! More 

Christiansted, St. Croix
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This center offers an attractive and interesting look at the Shaker communities in America. The buildings, grounds, and gardens are maintained in superb condition. There are frequent programs that add to the visitor's knowledge of the Shaker experience.

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Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this review

edraupp, thank you for the thumbs up! We hope you find yourself again the Berkshires and chose to visit. More 

Albany, New York
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Self-guided tour which I love . I spent two and half hours here and did not see the whole village there's so much to see. Kids enjoyed interacting with the barnyard animals , wonderful history as the original buildings still exist . Store where you can purchase handmade shaker items , and also a restaurant on the premises. Grounds were... More 

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Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this review

jager1007, thank you for taking time to detail your visit! We are pleased you enjoyed your time in the Village. We hope you return (to see even more). More 

Spring, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This farming village is a wonder to see. There are several buildings including a living quarters and kitchen, an animal barn, chicken facility, laundry and machine shop, school house and even a privy. There are plenty of staff to answer any questions. We got to see a song and dance demonstration by volunteers. There are plenty of small farm animals... More 

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Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this review

Thank you Gumgrove for taking time to review your visit. If you find yourself again in the Berkshires, we hope you do chose to stop by. We look forward to 'making you kindly welcome' in the Shaker tradition. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful place to visit if you like history. Gardens, workshops, furniture and photos displayed in excellently kept buildings to show the history of this sect- you are allowed to enter everything. Staff working in each area to maintain examples of daily life, sometimes in costume- several programs a day to offer tours, music, and skills like weaving and blacksmithing. I... More 

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Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this review

Thank you Linda P. for taking time to share your experience! We are pleased you found the Village a learning experience. and you liked the brown bread too. Yum! More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

In an era of technological overload Take a refreshing walk back into the past Through beautiful buildings and gardens We live in the area and visit at least twice a year and still see something new each time The village is not an interpretive museum .. don't expect to see people walking pretending to be shakers. Do expected to meet... More 

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Thank Kenneth B
Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this review

Kenneth, Thank you for taking time to share what you like about the Village. And thank you for being a repeater! We look forward to 'making you kindly welcome' in the Shaker tradition again this season. More 

Cape Cod
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful grounds with lots to see and learn! The docents give an excellent perspective of Shaker life. The round stone barn was full of baby animals and we even saw sheep sheering.

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Thank RoamerToo
Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this review

RoamerToo, Thank you for choosing to visit! We are so pleased your enjoyed you time at the Village. More 

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