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Hancock Shaker Village

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Enjoyed learning about the history and culture of the Shaker people. Something for everyone, adults... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
debp1959
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Uxbridge, Massachusetts
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The facility was officially closed and I am certain I will get in trouble for this but Russ... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
arnoldmortzheim
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Bonney Lake, Washington
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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...more
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1843 W Housatonic St, Routes 20 & 41, Pittsfield, MA 01201-7513
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed learning about the history and culture of the Shaker people. Something for everyone, adults and children alike.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank debp1959
Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

debp1959, Thank you for visiting and for taking time to share your experience. We aspire to offer programming that brings the Shaker story to life and is relevant for visitors at any age. Travel well.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The facility was officially closed and I am certain I will get in trouble for this but Russ caretaker allowed me to walk around the grounds and enjoy the facility later he ran into me and explained some of the nature of the park It...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank arnoldmortzheim
Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

arnoldmortzheim, Hahaha. No trouble here. We are pleased you weren't chased away. We look forward to your return in another season. Travel well.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love history. The stories told by the guides and the buildings were fascinating. Shoutout to Ruth.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank vn17137
Maribeth C, Guest Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

vn17137, Thanks for choosing to visit and for taking time to share your experience. We'll pass on the shout out to Ruth! Travel well.

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I wish we’d had more time to explore this gem of a site. Filled with beautiful buildings, artifacts and history of a bygone era.... I’d highly recommend it to anyone visiting the area. The round barn is a wonder! Have lunch at the cafe, the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank kingbyriverk
Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

kingbyriverk, Thank you for choosing to visit and for taking time to share your experience. Many visitors plan to spend a couple hours and stay for the day! If you again find yourself in The Berkshires, consider returning. there is truly much to see and...More

Reviewed October 31, 2018

A great experience. Very much in keeping with the dignity of a historical and religious museum. We learned a great deal about the farm and the Shakers and by the end of the evening we had the bejeebers scared out of us by the stories...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Travel632585
Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded November 1, 2018

Travel632585, Thank you for sharing your experience (after your bejeebers returned;)). We'll pass on your kind words. The front line staff does such good work. They deserve all the credit. Travel well.

Reviewed October 26, 2018

My husband and I stopped by on a whim on the way back from a mini-vacation and this attraction was so much more than I was expecting. The visit starts with a short video about the Shakers and an exhibit showing the "shaking". The grounds...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Linda W
Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded October 26, 2018

Linda W, Thank you for choosing to visit and for taking time to share your experience. We are pleased to hear you found 'more'. Thanks again for your time. Travel well.

Reviewed October 24, 2018

Visited on a chilly, rainy October day. First stop: the visitors center, with nice restrooms. Then to the cafe to eat unique food for lunch (a chick-pea sandwich and some veggies)... then rushed over to the brick dwelling to catch the 1:30 talk on Shaker...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank CMD48
Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded October 25, 2018

CMD48, Thanks for choosing to visit and for taking time to share your experience. We'd be so pleased if you again find yourselves in The Berkshires and return to see (and do) more. In the meantime, travel well.

Reviewed October 21, 2018

Such an interesting and informative visit to Hancock, highly recommended. Only downside was the very disappointing in-house restaurant afterwards, terrible service and even worse food.More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Wendy G
Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded October 22, 2018

Wendy G, Thank you for choosing to visit and for taking time to share your experience. Our mission is to inform and make relevant the Shaker experience in America and so we are pleased your enjoyed your time here. Thank you for mentioning your disappointment...More

Reviewed October 19, 2018

What an inventive group they were. They were ahead of their times in so many ways. Great to hear what they did and how they lived. Sadly they died out because they believed in celibacy! The village is extensive, we took ourselves round with the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 740Elly48
Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded October 22, 2018

740Elly48, Thank you for choosing to visit and for taking time to share your experience. Today's Shakers live at the Sabbath Day Lake community near New Gloucester, Me. A small group but alive and well. The village there operates as a museum seasonally and we...More

Reviewed October 18, 2018

Hadn't come across the Shaker movement before - Shaker furniture yes! This group originate from England. We had a really enjoyable visit - takes about 2-3 hours, if you go round and look at everything. If you have children, your visit might take a bit...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Kay M
Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded October 19, 2018

Kay M, Thank you for choosing to visit and for taking time to share your experience. So pleased you now know a bit more about those people behind the well-crafted chairs. Travel well.

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We have gone when it has been rainy and had a good time. Fewer people and much of it is inside. Just bring an umbrella.
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Well, horses are more high maintenance than cows since they need to be regularly fitted by blacksmith. Also, horses were used for plowing and transportation, none of that is required now. So from the economical stand point... More
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Yes you can go to the gift store without paying admission. The shop is across from where you purchase your tickets.
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