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Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield

(4.5/5 based on 480+ reviews on the web)
Today a living museum, Hancock Shaker Village was established as a Shaker community in 1791. Shakers lived in what was called the "City of Peace" until 1960. The 304 hectare (750 acre) property has retained 20 of its historical buildings, which are filled with authentic Shaker artifacts. The working farm and craft demonstrations, such as weaving and woodworking, provide an insight into the daily routines of a Shaker village. Feel free to approach costumed staff with questions or to learn more about the Shaker principles, such as pacifism, communal living, celibacy, and gender equality. You can grab a bite to eat at The Village Harvest cafe, which also offers takeout picnics. Hike the 1.6 km (1 mi) Farm and Forest trail if time allows. Plan to see Hancock Shaker Village and other attractions that appeal to you using our Pittsfield travel itinerary planner.
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  • 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 hand...  more »
  • 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.  more »
  • Didn't know much about the Shaker religion before visiting. The people are very informative and helpful with all our questions!  more »
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  • Very impressed with the numerous activities and quality of the village buildings, gardens, historical artifacts, furnishings and displays. Wound up spending 5 hours and still missed a couple buildings. Don't miss the scheduled demonstrations and talks. That's how you learn about the origins and decline of the very interesting and admirable Shaker communities.
  • Drove out here while exploring this part of the state. It is a well preserved piece of early American history. I learned a lot about the Shakers I certainly never new from their visitor center. If your looking for a scenic fall drive It could be worth a stop.
  • Interesting museum, but it's not very large, and there's not a lot of variety. I learned a lot about Shaker history, though. Make sure you enter from the front, not the back. You have to check in, as we learned the hard way.
  • This is a great place for a family one day trip. Kids get in free... teenagers 8.00 dollars and adults 20.00. the animals are docile and you can pet them too. Staff is friendly and willing to help you out. Pony rides and homemade ice cream are a great threat!!! Enjoy it!
  • What a wonderful place to visit in the fall. History in what was a working community. Good educational talks, and lot's for kids.