As a couple of history majors, we go to a LOT of historical sites. The majority of them are manufactured re-enactments of similar historical sites (for example, Old Sturbridge Village is great but it was put together to show what a town and country farm would have been like - the buildings were all brought from different parts of the state and the Village was created). Hancock Shaker Village is an actual Shaker settlement that thrived for many years. The way they divided the work yet treated everyone (male and female) as equals was amazing. The baby animals were adorable and the staff was very knowledgeable and informative. A definite must for anyone visiting the Berkshires!
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