The answers to your questions may be here, or call us at 413.443.018
When is the Village open?
The Village is open from April through October for self-guided tours. Guided tours are available for groups. Go to “Groups” on our website or call 413.443.0188.
How long should I plan to stay?
Plan to spend from 2-3 hours or more on self-guided tours of the Village, depending on your interests. Guided tours usually take 2 hours, but allow additional time before or after to explore on your own.
May I take photographs or videos at the Village?
Photography and videography for personal use is allowed. If you wish to take images of the Village for product development, advertising, exhibition or publication, 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 and benches are scattered throughout the Village. Comfortable shoes are advised. Look at our Interactive Tour Map for more information.
How will I know what’s going on when I visit?
Maps at The Visitor Center list all activities occurring that day. Our helpful and knowledgeable staff, located at the Ticket Desk and in our historic buildings, can answer questions about the Shakers and help you navigate the Village, too.
How shall I dress for my visit? What if it rains?
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 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 more. Online shopping is also available!
Do you have lodging at the Village?
No, but accommodations are available nearby. Contact the Berkshire Visitors Bureau at (800) 237-5747 or visit www.berkshires.org.
Can I get married at the Village?
Yes! Hancock Shaker Village is a great place for a wedding! Rent our large tent deck overlooking the historic grounds, or any of our other buildings for rehearsal dinners, showers or family reunions. Click here for information on weddings and special functions.
Is smoking allowed at the Village?
Smoking is prohibited everywhere except 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?
Our mile-long Farm & Forest Trail is fun and easy for everyone! It begins and ends at the 1826 Round Stone Barn, and loops through cultivated farm fields, pastures, hardwood forest and past an historic Shaker marble quarry. There is also a 6-mile intermediate hiking trail that takes you to the archaeological site of the North family on the other side of Route 20. Ask at the Ticket Desk for a map and more information.
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.