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Hancock Shaker Village

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1843 W Housatonic St, Routes 20 & 41, Pittsfield, MA 01201-7513
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Good Museum, possibly unique

There cannot be many places you can learn about the Shakers but this is one. A little known... read more

Reviewed 3 November 2017
Jerryr59
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Great place to visit

This is an interesting place to visit to learn the history of the Shakers. It does require a fair... read more

Reviewed 2 November 2017
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Hancock Shaker Village is a living history museum whose mission is to bring the Shaker story to life and preserve it for future generations. Called the "City of Peace" by the Shakers who lived here for 179 years until 1960, this community was the third of 19 major Shaker Villages located in New York, New England, Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana. There are 18 original historic buildings on this site. The staff and volunteers are dedicated to making the Village a center for reflection on living the principled life. The values that the Shakers embraced -- equality, pacifism, community, sustainability, responsible land stewardship, innovation, simplicity and quality in work -- resonate with us today. In addition to viewing the architecture, we have so many things to see including the farm and gardens, the animals, costumed interpreters, demonstrations of handicrafts like weaving, spinning, and blacksmithing, hiking and walking trails, the Discovery Room where kids can do hands-on activities, photo and art exhibitions, a cafe and picnic area. We have modern amenities and the village is handicapped accessible.
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1843 W Housatonic St, Routes 20 & 41, Pittsfield, MA 01201-7513
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Reviewed 3 November 2017

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 into their way of life. A one-off museum well...More

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Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2017

Jerryr59, Thank you for adding Hancock Shaker Village to your itinerary and additionally for taking time to reviews your experience. In addition to other museums dedicated to preserving the Shaker experience in America from Kentucky to Ohio and New York, today's Shakers live at Sabbath...More

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Reviewed 2 November 2017

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 buildings explaining the...More

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Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2017

jastine, thank you for choosing to visit Hancock Shaker Village and for taking time to share your experience. If you again find yourself in the Berkshires, we hope you might consider returning (to see what you might have missed) and we will try to keep...More

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Reviewed 2 November 2017

Allow enough time to engulf yourself into this fascinating religion. We took advantage of all the scheduled talks and it was extremely informative and helpful.

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Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2017

Tired_Legs_From_NJ, We are so pleased you visited and moreso that you took time to share your experience. If you again find yourself in the Berkshires, we hope you choose to return. NJ is no too far at all:) Best,

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Reviewed 31 October 2017

What an interesting place! The history is amazing as are the buildings. Amazing to get to talk to the craftspeople at work!

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Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2017

christinamb2017, Wow! right back! Thank you for chosing to visit Hancock Sahker Village and thank you for taking time to share your experience. Enjoy your travels.

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Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

A trip back in time. The great part of this visit were the interaction with the the basket maker and the dance hall history with Jeff. A great place to eat too!More

Thank Greg L
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Maribeth C, General Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2017

Greg L, Thank you for chosing to visit Hancock Shaker Village and for taking time to share your experience. We will pass on your compliments to the basket maker, to Jeff, and to the staff at Seeds Market Cafe. If you again find yourself in...More

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Reviewed 24 October 2017

An interesting visit to a site representative of the Shaker sect that was large in the 19th century New England. According to our presentation, there is still one group in Maine that lives the simple life exactly as the founder established. It is worth a...More

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Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2017

Kenneth L, Thank you for choosing to visit Hancock Shaker Village and for taking time to share what you learned and found interesting. We hope that if you again find yourself in the Berkshires, you might return. Happy traveling!

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Reviewed 24 October 2017

Well worth a visit. Allow about 3 hours to do it justice. Lots of buildings to explore and great talks to listen to with a very dedicated team of people who are passionate about the subject of the Shakers and their way of life. There...More

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Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2017

BMRCIreland, We are pleased you choose to visit Hancock Shaker Village and we thank you for taking time to share your experience. We agree that there is much to see and do and if you again find yourself in the Berkshires, we hope you will...More

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Reviewed 23 October 2017

Came across Hancock Shakers Village by accident. Spotted the village on the tourist map of Pittsfield. An excellent day out exploring how the Shakers lived with the very interesting outbuildings of a working farm etc. A coincidental fact that Mary Anne one of the founder...More

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Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2017

DavidManchester107, We are please you happened by and we thank you for taking time to share your experience. Mother Anne and her small band of followers did make their way from Manchester settle and grow. It is our privledge to preserve the Shaker experience in...More

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Reviewed 20 October 2017

We arrived at Shaker Village about 11 AM on 11 October 2017 and purchased our tickets for $18 each (CAA members) and we also rented the walking tour devices for $2 each. The many buildings have been rebuilt as similar as possible to the original...More

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Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2017

rcp148, Thank you for choosing to visit Hancock Shaker Village and for taking time to share your experience. Of the 20 buildings here, 18 are original to Hancock, one is Shaker and saved from the Shirley, Mass community (the meetinghouse) and reconstructed here. And one...More

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Reviewed 18 October 2017

Beautifully preserved heritage site giving excellent feel for the village as it had been. Good information about this fascinating movement and knowledgeable attendants. We weren't able to participate in any of the demonstrations, but they looked interesting if you are there at the right times....More

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Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2017

Brian K, thank you for choosing to visit Hancock Shaker Village and for taking time to share your experience. Daily rotating demonstrations can include blacksmithing, wood working, spinning, weaving, cheese making...there truly is something for everyone. If you again find yourself in the Berkshires, we...More

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Response from Maribeth C | Property representative |
Admission is free for all visitors on Friday, July 21, 2017. We hope you plan to visit!
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Response from Arlene M | Reviewed this property |
No. The close in October.
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Response from Tomdee1 | Reviewed this property |
I would say it's an interesting place if you are a religious or spiritual person. the stations of the Cross are impressive. enjoy!
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