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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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Fantastic Time for Any Age!

We stayed in Lee about 25 mins away and went there specifically to see the baby animals with our teen girls. They initially did not want to visit and ended up having a fantastic... read more

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Boston, Massachusetts
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We stayed in Lee about 25 mins away and went there specifically to see the baby animals with our teen girls. They initially did not want to visit and ended up having a fantastic time! The interactive time with all the animals big and small was great, plus there is a museum that teaches you about the Shakers and their... More 

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North Adams, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited this attraction when I was visiting with friends. The overall experience was really great, and I had a nice visit with the farm animals.

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

We've been visiting the Village for 25 years and always have a pleasant experience. Love the round barn, the animals and the hands on learning. A treat for any age, just wear walking shoes.

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Springfield, Virginia
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Reviewed 8 February 2017

We had an entire afternoon to visit. It gave us ample time to go through the dormitory, barns, and other outbuildings. Learning how the Shakers got their name was interesting, as were some of the hands on activities. Staff was great--answered all questions, dressed in period costumes--a really fun and informative afternoon!

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Shirley, Massachusetts, United States
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Reviewed 4 February 2017

Shakers really lived, worked, and worshiped here for over 200 years and the evidence is all around. This museum is good for those interested in agriculture, religion, architecture, and sociology.

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Forestville, California
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Reviewed 2 February 2017

Didn't know much about the Shaker religion before visiting. The people are very informative and helpful with all our questions!

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New York, New York, United States
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Reviewed 25 January 2017

We loved visiting and seeing all the different buildings. Learned how to spin wool, make a shaker box, see where they slept and learned so much more about those days

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Staff are knowledgeable and helpful, also extremely patient and engaging with children, including children with special needs. Plenty of hands-on and active participation experiences to keep everyone happy.

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Montclair, New Jersey
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Reviewed 5 January 2017

On a pleasant day, this large farm from the old days is a pleasure to walk through. We explored the Shaker lifestyle, beliefs, and occupations as we visited buildings around the campus. Guides were knowledgeable and friendly. The gift shop has a lot of Shaker-style items but not made by Shakers anymore. Expensive too. Must visit if you like history.

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 25 November 2016

Took the grandkids to the baby animal event last spring. Went for the private show. The head farmer and his helper were wonderful. The looked after all kids with interest and personality. We got to handle day old ducks, chicks and a week old bull. Well worth the cost. Will do it again next spring. The kids are from 12... More 

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