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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 visited the Hancock Shaker Village both during their main season (May - October) and during a Sunday in November 2016. Our experience has always been different but very educational and enjoyable to...  more »
  • We arrived with plans to walk the grounds on our own but that wasn't an option due to being closed to the public for the season so we took the guided tour. It was interesting and informative but we wo...  more »
  • Hadn't been here in years. It seems better taken-care-of now, and the cafe is definitely improved, worth a lunch stop on its own. (You can eat there without paying admission fee to the site.) Autumn i...  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.