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Hancock Shaker Village

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1843 W Housatonic St, Routes 20 & 41, Pittsfield, MA 01201-7513
+1 413-443-0188
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Very interesting way to learn about the rise and fall of the Shakers. Lots of original buildings... read more

Reviewed 25 September 2016
sueg47
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Telford, United Kingdom
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Small property with various old historic buildings to check out. Recommend just to remind yourself... read more

Reviewed 24 September 2016
LiaEstima
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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 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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  • Very good22%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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1843 W Housatonic St, Routes 20 & 41, Pittsfield, MA 01201-7513
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+1 413-443-0188
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Reviewed 25 September 2016

Very interesting way to learn about the rise and fall of the Shakers. Lots of original buildings and artefacts to explore, much enhanced by the interpretive talks and demonstations. A good 3 hours needed to fully appreciate.

Thank sueg47
Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Small property with various old historic buildings to check out. Recommend just to remind yourself how simple things were and how far we've come. If your lucky you'll catch the blacksmith working like we did!

Thank LiaEstima
Reviewed 24 September 2016

Beautiful setting, an insight into the spiritual beliefs of the past, and a look at technology past, present and future. Lots of demos and exhibits. Definitely worth a visit!

1  Thank Pilgrim4Art
Reviewed 23 September 2016

Visit Hancock Shaker Village and learn about the Shakers and how they lived in the early 1900's. There are many buildings to visit, including The Ice House , and 1830 Brick Dwelling where the Shakers lived. We took our grandchildren and thought they would get...More

1  Thank LlanosTuna
Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

My wife and I stayed at Pittsfield and were told about this former Shaker village. We learned so much about their way of life that was amazingly impactful to America and their religious belief that was so different from what we do today. This is...More

1  Thank jfchen1998
Reviewed 21 September 2016

We took the graden and barn tour, very informative without being boring or stuffy. A must see for everyone, family friendly. Gardens, ducks, chickens, cows, goats, pigs and turkeys present.

Thank Knadine
Reviewed 15 September 2016

This attraction is suitable for young and old alike. Before the visit we knew very little about their beliefs and customs but by the end of the day we had seen and learned so much about their ideas, traditions and crafts. We learned how they...More

1  Thank O1243HISusanP
Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Interesting to learn about this group of people; how they lived and worshipped and what they believed. There were many buildings to explore and demonstrations on woodworking and their worship service which included the songs they sang and one of their dances.

Thank Catherine E
Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

We went on an afternoon tour at Hancock Shaker Village. This was our first visit so we were not sure what to expect. I am disabled a use an electric mobility scooter. The people working here were very friendly and helpful. There were paths to...More

1  Thank AStark52
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Recently went to the village with family -- from very young to older folks. We all enjoyed the visit. Lovely site. Interesting information about the culture and village life. Cute baby animals. Amazing architecture to the barn. Staff were helpful and clear. Pleasantly surprised by...More

Thank teptravels
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888jackt
20 April 2017|
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Response from Maribeth C | Property representative |
Admission is free for all visitors on Friday, July 21, 2017. We hope you plan to visit!
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Bonniemtm
8 October 2016|
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Response from Arlene M | Reviewed this property |
No. The close in October.
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lovingyaya
4 September 2016|
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Response from Tomdee1 | Reviewed this property |
I would say it's an interesting place if you are a religious or spiritual person. the stations of the Cross are impressive. enjoy!
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