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“An average visit to a farm with overpriced knick-knacks”

Hancock Shaker Village
Ranked #1 of 26 things to do in Pittsfield
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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.
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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89 reviews
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“An average visit to a farm with overpriced knick-knacks”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

IF you have ever visited a farm, you've already been to Shaker village. The buildings are not worth the effort of trudging around AND risking your life crossing a busy highway. The gift shop is very high priced with the usual stuff. Has Shaker Village worn out it's welcome? For me it has.

Visited April 2013
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“A Lesson In A Great Way To Live”
Reviewed 6 November 2013

What ever your views on the Shaker Movement, spend some time here and you will realise they have some very sensible and innovative ideas. The exhibits are very informative and the guides very helpful. The shop is full of lovely Shaker crafts and their signature boxes at prices much lower than you will find elsewhere.

Visited September 2013
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Geddington, United Kingdom
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“A glimpse into a very different past”
Reviewed 4 November 2013

The Shaker village is a museum quite unlike the typical stuffy places. The whole village is restored to how it was when it was a living centre with farmers, weavers, blacksmiths, woodworkers etc. The individual buildings are open for you to wander around at your own speed and you get a real feeling for what would have been a unique way of life.

Visited October 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Lovely visit”
Reviewed 27 October 2013 via mobile

A great day out. We thought we'd be here for a couple of hours, we stayed for a full day! This is a sympathetically preserved, and in some parts reconstructed, Shaker village in a beautiful part of Massachusetts that has interesting exhibits, friendly and informative staff & volunteers, and a good restaurant. I've come away tired, contented and much better informed about a way of life that's now gone. Thank you & congratulations to everyone who's brought this site to life!

Visited October 2013
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Cheshire
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“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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