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“Learning Place”

Hancock Shaker Village
Ranked #1 of 25 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.
Berkshires
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Learning Place”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

Great for Adults and kids....Don;t miss the baby animals in the spring and all summer long different activities

Visited April 2013
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Pittsfield, Massachusetts, United States
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“I went off season / Oct 2012”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

I went off season so there was not a lot going on. I still had fun. They normally have demonstrations of how the Shakers made things. There was also a barn where you can pet the animals.

Visited December 2012
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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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“Shaker made cool”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

The big round barn and live animals all fun. If you get hungry, the food is pretty good too. Try to visit when they have one of their terrific art openings. Lots to offer on a visit.

Visited November 2013
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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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84 reviews
16 attraction 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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Midlands
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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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