Tradition Never Looked So Good!
Hancock Shaker Village is a registered National Landmark and one of only two attractions in the Berkshires rated Three Stars by the Michelin Guide, as well as a Gem Site by AAA, and chosen repeatedly as an Editor’s Pick by Yankee magazine for its Travel Guide to New England.
- Group amenities include our on-site Café, catering, free motor-coach parking, handicap-accessibility throughout most of the Village, and a Village Store with unique one-of-a-kind items.
- Groups of 10 or more can enjoy a private dining experience catered by Savory Harvest Catering.
Questions about hosting your group? Call 413.443.0188 x100, or complete our online inquiry form. Click here for questions about group tours.
Offered every day through October 30
Allow two hours or longer
Explore the Village’s historic buildings at your own pace. Chat with friendly, knowledgeable interpreters who bring the Shaker story to life. Watch demonstrations of traditional crafts, enjoy a Farm & Garden Tour every day at noon, and a program of Shaker Music and Dance every day at 1:30 pm. Visit heritage-breed animals in the Round Stone Barn. You’ll want to stay the whole day to fully appreciate the Shakers, America’s most successful utopian society, including their extraordinary design heritage, evident in the simple beauty and efficiency of their architecture and vast collections of Shaker furniture and artifacts, the power of their religious beliefs, the echo of their song and everyday routine, and the earthly splendor of their gardens. Groups may dine on their own in the Village Harvest Café, or contact us to arrange catering. Advance reservation required.
Guided Group Visits
Offered every day through October
Allow 2 hours. Includes unlimited self-guided time.
A lively and knowledgeable guide will escort you on a two-hour walking tour of the historic Village, highlighting our most significant buildings — the Brick Dwelling, the Round Stone Barn, and the Laundry & Machine Shop. Come away with a deep appreciation of the Shakers as you explore themes of community, farming, innovation and technology, including Shaker design heritage, evident in our vast collections of furniture and artifacts. Minimum group size of 15.
Special Group Visits
Reserve in advance, via email or phone.
Shaker Supper & Song
“We make you kindly welcome” in true Shaker fashion with this unique dining experience. Begin with a guided walking tour to key sites in the Village and learn about important themes of daily Shaker life and practice. Enjoy a cocktail under the Timber Frame with its unparalleled view of the Round Stone Barn, followed by a bountiful four-course Shaker-inspired dinner, served family-style in the modern comfort of Community Hall. Dinner begins with the singing of a Shaker grace and closes with music that illuminates Shaker beliefs and spirituality. Choice of two entrees. Arrangements for vegetarian and gluten-free dining easily accommodated. Allow five hours. Group size: 20 minimum, 60 maximum. Available year-round. $75/person ($45/person for one driver, escort or tour leader per group)
Historic Shaker Garden Tour
The Shakers invested great thought, time and labor in their gardens. They were the first to package seeds, and well-known for their fine herbal remedies, as this two-hour tour reveals. Conducted by our lead gardener, this overview of Shaker plants in the medicinal and herb gardens and heirloom-seed vegetable gardens, showcases the Shaker preoccupation with form and function and their deep desire to create heaven on earth. Includes general admission to the Village for the day, and ample time to explore the gardens on your own. Groups of 15 to 30. Available mid-May to mid-September. $25/person
Driver and group leader are free for commercial tour groups. Tour leader is free for all other groups.
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