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“Very interesting”

Hancock Shaker Village
Ranked #1 of 26 things to do in Pittsfield
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Cheshire
Level 6 Contributor
465 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 223 helpful votes
“Very interesting”
Reviewed 27 October 2013

Our visit began well with a song and a dance! After which we spent a full afternoon visiting each of the many houses and barns of this large site. It was a beautiful day, there were not too many other people and it so it was easy to get a sense of the peaceful shaker community and what life there might have been like.
The site is well maintained and staffed by volunteers who are able to provide information as well activities and talks during the day.
Highly recommended.

Visited October 2013
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Fullerton, California
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“Be prepared to spend HOURS.”
Reviewed 26 October 2013

The Round Barn was fascinating but then so were all of the other buildings. This is a large spread with the history of the Shakers and shows how they lived and worked in the Pittsfield general area.

Visited September 2013
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Bedfordshire, UK
Level 5 Contributor
48 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Stunning”
Reviewed 25 October 2013

We spent five wonderful hours looking round this Shaker village and still didn't see everything. The setting was beautiful, particularly as the trees were golden and the sky a bright blue. We experienced a lovely demonstration of Shaker music and dance and learned a lot from the various characters who were keen to share details of life in the village. The nature trail was a delight and enabled us to enjoy the countryside as well as the history. The cafe for a light lunch was good, As Ann Lee, the founder, came from Manchester in England there is an extra level of interest for British visitors.

Visited October 2013
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Bethesda, Maryland
Level 6 Contributor
113 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Fascinating museum of Former Shaker Farming Community”
Reviewed 24 October 2013

This museum celebrates the life of a Shaker Community using the buildings and artifacts used by the celibate Shakers until their demise from lack of new recruits. One can visit their dormitories, farm areas, water-powered wood-working & furniture-making shop as well as a unique, very beautiful and very functional round stone barn for milking cows, among other attractions. Demonstrations of the equipment and living style are put on at certain times each day.

Visited October 2013
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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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“Well worth it”
Reviewed 23 October 2013

A must if you are in the area. Opens your eyes to a whole new area of history / religion. The staff are helpful and informative. Lots to see.

Visited October 2013
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