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Hancock Shaker Village

Hancock Shaker Village Review

The third Shaker community in America, Hancock was founded in the 1790s. At its peak in the 1840s, the village had almost 300 inhabitants, who made their living farming, selling seeds and herbs, making medicines, and producing crafts. The religious community officially closed in 1960, but visitors today can still see demonstrations of blacksmithing, woodworking, and more. Many examples of Shaker ingenuity are on display: the Round Stone Barn and the Laundry and Machine Shop are two of the most interesting buildings. There's also a farm (with a wonderful barn), some period gardens, a museum shop with reproduction Shaker furniture, a picnic area, and a café. Visit in April to catch the baby animals at the farm, or in September for the country fair. Traditional Shaker suppers are available only by reservation.

    Contact Information

  • Address: U.S. 20 and Rte. 41, 6 miles west of Pittsfield Pittsfield, MA 01237 | Map It
  • Phone: 413/443–0188; 800/817–1137
  • Cost: $18
  • Hours: Apr.–June, daily 10–4; July–Oct., daily 10–5
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  • Location: Pittsfield
Updated: 12-23-2013

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