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.
Hancock Shaker Village reviews
Although I’ve always admired Shaker style furniture I knew nothing about the Shaker community. This historic village has beautiful buildings with some working artisans in the furniture and blacksmith.... more »
We quickly found out how little we knew about the Shakers. They were an interesting and different bunch to say the least. It was interesting to learn their story. The grounds are beautiful and the... more »
Truly a lovely setting and well worth a visit. We had a nice time poking around the place. Visit is "self-guided", meaning you just wander around and look at stuff. There are useful signs explaining things as well as folks who work there walking around to answer questions. They were friendly and very helpful, eager to give information and tell us about the place. They certainly seemed very well informed. I believe they also do some tours at certain hours of the day but unfortunately we didn't have time for one. I wish we could have spent more time but one member of our party was eager to leave. Cute cafe had freshly made pies. Farm animals were interesting and the garden was in full growth in the height of summer.
Very enjoyable; an outsider's glimpse into the Shaker past. The buildings were in reasonably close proximity of one another which made traversing the property easier for those with limited stamina. Displays were well-curated. Signs adjacent provided detailed information giving guests more perspective. The docents were knowledgeable and friendly.
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