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Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield

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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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  • Hancock Shaker Village is worth a visit, not only for history buffs, but for those who will appreciate the incredible , practical and innovative ideas implemented by the Shakers. A visit to the worksh...  more »
  • Such an amazing experience. Although the weather was a bit drab and threatened rain, yoga with goats was great fun. We then had a bite in the upscale restaurant and found many lovely things to purchas...  more »
  • What a wonderful look into a life very few live anymore. There are people in many of the buildings to explain how the Shakers lived. A very ingenious group! Spend 4 hours there and didn't even cross t...  more »
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  • What an amazing place. The shakers were an amazing group. The buildings and personnel are all really wonderful. Plan for at least a 4 hour visit. We were there for 5 and I could have stayed longer, but they were closing.
  • Kids loved it. Farmer Bill gives a great tour where we held the baby animals and tasted fresh honey. Will go again next year.
  • This is such a great place to spend the day. There are always presentations or activities. Baby animals in the spring is our favorite time to come. Great place to take kids and bring a picnic lunch.
  • Very well preserved and interesting historic village. We especially enjoyed the big round barn.
  • Average. Interesting history to read about. When we were there, not much going on. Pity to see animals tied up all the time and never set free or in such small tiny pens they can't run around. Sad really.