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Hancock Shaker Village

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It was great to visit here and learn about a movement that has now gone, they didn't keep up with... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
srpatrick
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Crawley, United Kingdom
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Learning the history of the Shakers from the introductory video and then from two of the friendly... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
carole b
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Brick, New Jersey
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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 days ago

It was great to visit here and learn about a movement that has now gone, they didn't keep up with the times! what did they think would happen if all the children moved to the city and men and women were separated! Great shame and...More

Thank srpatrick
Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

srpatrick, Thank you for choosing to visit and for taking time to share your experience. Shaker's are alive and live at the Sabbathday Lake community near New Gloucester (Maine). The property operates seasonally as a museum. It's lovely and worth a trip you you find...More

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The place is interesting but the tour was way too long and boring. The guide was great and engaging but the village, while interesting, was just too old and hard to enjoy!

Thank Stephanie G
Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Stephanie G, Thank you for choosing to visit and for taking time to share your experience. Sadly we missed the mark and did not make relevant this history for you today. Enjoy your future travels.

Reviewed 3 days ago

Learning the history of the Shakers from the introductory video and then from two of the friendly, knowledgeable people was great fun. The woman who told us about the dairy barn and the animals we visited was obviously a caring person. John in the blacksmith...More

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Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

carole b, Thank you for choosing to visit and for taking time to share your experience. We will pass your kind words on to the staff. Travel well.

Reviewed 4 days ago

We toured the Hancock Shaker Village on a warm sunny weekend. The was a bicycle race going on there at that time, but it just increased the number of visitors to the village. We were treated to a delicious lunch that the village caretakers prepared...More

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Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Arnold S, Thank you for visiting and for taking time to share your experince. We are pleased to have sent you off with a lesson or two. Travel well.

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Expensive and disappointing because not a lot of interpretive materials / information is available to give context to the movement or an understanding of what may have compelled people to join. Without this you are left just wandering and looking at old buildings. Young children...More

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Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Tony S, Thank you for visiting and sharing your experience. Your feedback is invaluable. Travel well.

Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on a weekday morning but the talks and demonstrations were still going on. We listened to the talk about the barn and one telling us the history of the Shakers. The whole thing was really interesting and there were lots of buildings to...More

Thank Sarah N
Maribeth C, Front Office Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Sarah N, Thank you for choosing to visit and for taking time to share your experience. Our talk, tour, and demo line-up operates seven days a week! Any day is a great day for a visit (through mid-November). Travel well.

Reviewed 1 week ago

we visited Saturday September 29,2018. Internet said at least two hours for a visit, but during their special day with artisans, two hours was not enough. Loved the fact that these artisans were actually doing the same things (i.e. basket making, wood working, etc) just...More

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Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Catandken, Thank you for visiting and for taking time to share your experince. That day was part of our Country Fair and we are pleased many talented crafters set up shop and share their talent with visitors. On other days, throughout the season, you will...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited this attraction with my mother on Columbus Day Weekend. We ate at Seeds, and I had the grilled country ham and cheese, which was really good and had a nice texture to it, and then I had the pie of the day, which...More

Thank Alan D
Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Alan D, Thank you for choosing to visit and for taking time to share your experience. We are pleased you saved room for pie (and enjoyed it!). Silo Song is a permenant installation, so if you again find yourselves in The Berkshires, consider stopping by....More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Like the fact that you can wander at your own pace and have access to around 20 buildings with a wealth of historic interest. There are also some walks for those with more time to spend. The guides we came across were well informed and...More

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Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Lilacwheaty, Thank you for choosing to visit and for taking time to share your experience. Our docents do like to talk. We are pleased you found your conversations informative. Travel well.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There are a lot of old buildings to look through and they all have interesting things inside. We only did one of the classes, the blacksmith shop, and it was very informative. We spent two hours touring all the buildings, but if you're going to...More

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Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

John G, Thank you for choosing to visit and for taking time to share your experience. We are lucky to have a great group of craftsmen who are preserving traditional trades like blacksmithing, woodworking, and weaving. If you again find yourself in The Berkshires, we...More

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Carie M
August 21, 2018|
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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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