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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  • August 10, 2017
    Very interesting visit and learning experience as to how the Shakers got their name and how they differed from the Amish. There are many buildings to visit and many demonstrations in some, depending o...  more »
  • August 5, 2017
    We have been here before. We love hearing about the history behind the Shakers. All the staff are great at sharing about the Shakers and enrich the experience. This time we watched a blacksmith, anima...  more »
  • August 3, 2017
    Beautiful summer day trip. One could spend a whole day here visiting the various buildings and sites. Staff is very friendly and atmosphere is very laid back. Lessons and info sessions scheduled throu...  more »
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  • June 3, 2017
    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.
  • May 8, 2017
    Kids loved it. Farmer Bill gives a great tour where we held the baby animals and tasted fresh honey. Will go again next year.
  • April 17, 2017
    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.
  • June 4, 2017
    Very well preserved and interesting historic village. We especially enjoyed the big round barn.
  • June 25, 2017
    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.

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