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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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Great fun the children and grand children, enjoyed the grounds and all the baby animals. We are local and love to bring the grand children....

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 June 2016
Patrice M
Great Barrington, Massachusetts, United States
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Great Barrington, Massachusetts, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016

Great fun the children and grand children, enjoyed the grounds and all the baby animals. We are local and love to bring the grand children....

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Lafargeville, ny
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016

We toured in early May and we needed more time to cover the whole village than we had planned for. Great museum. Loved the water power. Especially enjoyed the great food at the on site restaurant. A bit pricey but very good.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2016

Stopped in on a pretty cold and windy day but had a very nice time walking around the Hancock Shaker Village and learning about Shaker life. Spectacularly preserved buildings and very informative didactic text. The round barn is architecturally fascinating and if you're there at the right time there are some great guides to teach you about Shaker life. Absolutely... More 

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Niskayuna, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016

You need to allow plenty of time for this place if you want to catch some of the demonstrations and talks. Lovely gardens and knowledgeable volunteers. Tasty small meals in a pleasant little snack bar on site.

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Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

What I remember from a visit 20 years ago still holds true today. This village still has great guides dressed in period dress who tell you about life as a Shaker. There is much that is very enticing about this simple rural life from an earlier time. The buildings are in very good repair. There are craftsman to explain their... More 

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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2016 via mobile

This place is extremely interesting. I have done an outstanding job in maintaining the Shaker the way of life. This is a great place for families.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016

Well interpreted historical site tells the story of a remarkable religious group. This village with live demonstrations provides a full day of entertainment for all ages.

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East Aurora, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016

My husband, daughter (15years) and I stopped sort of last minute and were delighted! We love visiting old buildings and seeing they way people lived, getting gardening ideas and talking with the staff. We were not let down with this visit. Not only did we get to do ALL of that but they have baby animals right now as well!... More 

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New Hyde Park, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016

A living history museum capturing a unique niche of our American past. The re-enactors were all skilled and personable and added greatly to the day's enjoyment.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016

My daughter and I were very excited when we saw the ads for the baby animal exhibit at Shaker Village. We've visited Shaker Village before but the new ad brought us back. Being able to hold and see the new baby animals. Well, that was not the case. There were some new sheep, calves, and 3 new baby piglets. I... More 

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