Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield
Categories: History Museums, Historic Sites, Museums, Tourist Spots
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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The place is immaculately maintained. The guides are are knowledgable and friendly. The historical background is interesting and the way they recreated the life of the Shakers' community made the visi... read more »
Like many historically centered institutions, Hancock Shaker Village utilizes individuals in period costume to tell the story of this religious group. Iron working, knitting and gardening were all dem... read more »
The Hancock shaker village is very nice to visit. The buildings are well maintained and the information is very good. It uis interesting to see how the shakers lived.
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