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 the Shaker Village with our children and everyone had a good time. The children activity building was fun: they "milked" a cow, they practiced weaving on a loom, saw bees, learned about the...  more »
  • This activities well-organized Cafe on-premises many sites to see for the spring and summer lot of walking between the buildings there's also demonstrations throughout the day people are very friendly...  more »
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  • Visited Hancock Shaker Village as part of a Autumn driving holiday in New England. Restored historic buildings typical of Shaker life with agricultural settings, livestock, petting zoo and plenty of hands on activities, especially for children. Entertainment opportunities also available. Have to admit the main attraction was to see a restored and operational round barn. Nice food hall with lots of farm to table offerings. Helpful guides. Prepare to spend most of the day here and wear comfortable footwear. On site parking available.
  • Serene peaceful historic educational They even have people dressed in the time period What a wonderful place to walk around with your loved ones and just enjoy life and see the historic village It was worth the visit especially when not crowded.

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