Please consult this list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – the answer to your question may be here! You may contact Hancock Shaker Village at (413) 443-0188 with additional inquiries.
Village Amenities and planning your visit
When is the Village open?
The Village is open April through October for self-guided tours. Guided tours are also available for groups, please see our Group Tours page or call 413.443.0188.
How long should I plan to stay?
It is recommended that you plan 2-3 hours (or more depending on your specific interest) during self-guided tour season; 2 hours during guided tour season.
May I take photographs or videos at the Village?
Photography and videography for personal, private use is allowed. If you wish to take images of the Village for commercial purposes (such as product development, advertising, exhibition, publication), permission is required. Please contact the Director of Marketing in advance.
How much walking is involved?
Although there are 20 buildings in the Village, they are in a compact area. Benches are scattered throughout the Village for those wishing a rest; comfortable shoes are advised. For a sense of the buildings and grounds, view our Interactive Tour Map.
How will I know what is going on, where and when?
During the Main Season, you will be given a map of the Village and schedule of activities happening that day. The schedule changes slightly from day to day. Our helpful and knowledgeable staff, located in various buildings, can answer questions about the Shakers as well as to help you navigate the Village. There is also a brief orientation video available in the Visitors Center. You can also refer to the Today at the Village section on our homepage.
How shall I dress for my visit? What if it rains, will I be outside?
The Village is a fun and interesting place to visit, even if it rains. While you will have to walk between buildings, most of what you will see and do is indoors. A rain jacket or umbrella and waterproof shoes are recommended.
Can I get something to eat at the Village?
The Village Harvest Café is open April through October, serving continental breakfast, lunch and take-out picnics.
Where can I shop?
The Village Store is open daily from April through October, and offers a variety of handmade Shaker reproduction furniture and crafts, books, toys, gifts, and much more. Online shopping is always available!
Do you have lodging at the Village?
No, but there are a number of lodging options available for you close by. Contact the Berkshire Visitors Bureau at (800) 237-5747 or visit www.berkshires.org for information.
Can I get married at the Village?
Yes! Hancock Shaker Village does rent facilities, including our large tent deck overlooking the historic grounds, for weddings and special functions. Please contact us at 413.443.0188 x221 for more information.
Is smoking allowed at the Village?
Smoking is prohibited in the historic area (including the farm and gardens) and buildings, Village Harvest Café, museum store and Visitor Center. Smoking is permitted only in the Visitor Parking Area.
Are pets allowed at the Village?
For their safety and the safety of the Village’s livestock, pets are not allowed.
Are there any hiking trails?
There is a 6-mile, mild-to-intermediate hiking trail that takes you to the archaeological site of the North family. Please check in at the Ticket Desk for a map.
In 2007, the Village opened a four-season, accessible one-mile trail that winds through acres of fields and woodlands. The trail begins and ends at the famous 1826 Round Stone Barn and loops through natural and cultivated lands connecting historic pastures, fields of heirloom crops, hardwood forest, and an historic Shaker marble quarry. Please consult the Ticket Desk for more information regarding the Farm & Forest Trail.
Are there craft demonstrations at the Village?
Yes. A changing schedule of demonstrations includes broom making, basket and box making, blacksmithing, textile arts, chair seat weaving and woodworking. Crafts demonstrations change daily.
Are there people in costume at the Village?
Most of the staff at the Village is in modern, non-Shaker clothing. When you see someone dressed as a Shaker, they are demonstrating Shaker dress.