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. Add Hancock Shaker Village and other attractions to your Pittsfield trip itinerary using our Pittsfield travel planning app .
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  • We visited for a couple of hours, and wished we had longer, as there are a lot of different buildings to visit in this reconstruction of a Shaker community. Many of the buildings had guides and volunt...  more »
  • There cannot be many places you can learn about the Shakers but this is one. A little known religious sect about which I knew almost nothing, but this museum has preserved to show an excellent insight...  more »
  • This is an interesting place to visit to learn the history of the Shakers. It does require a fair amount of walking, as there are a lot of buildings to visit. We were able to hear a talk in one of the...  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.

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