Tradition Never Looked So Good….
Special Tour pricing includes general admission to the Village. Add another tour for $10. To schedule, click below or call 413.443.0188 x 0 Monday through Friday, or contact us by email.
Behind-the-Scenes Farm Tour
April 11 through May 3, 2015
Monday -Friday at 1 pm; Saturday & Sunday at 11 am and 1 pm
Board our tractor-drawn hay wagon for a guided tour through the historic Village. Loop along the Farm & Forest Trail in anticipation of meeting our brand-new baby barnyard animals! Then, join farmers at a special area in the 1910 Barn where you can hold, pet and even bottle-feed a baby lamb, goat or piglet! Children, be sure to collect your plush stuffed animal in the Village Store at the end of the tour!
Attics & Basements
This all-access guided tour offers the chance to get past those “Museum Staff Only” signs and peek into rarely seen areas of the Laundry & Machine Shop and the Brick Dwelling, two of the Village’s most significant historic buildings.
Intro to Hancock Shaker Village
Includes a brief history of the Village and tours of the Round Stone Barn and Brick Dwelling.
An introduction to Shaker spiritual life that includes discussion of the dual godhead, second coming of “the Christ” and other elements of Shaker worship, along with simple-to-perform songs and dances. The tour also explores the Shakers’ progressive positions on social justice, including slavery, pacifism, poverty and gender equality, using the Village’s outstanding collection of art and artifacts.
An overview of Shaker architecture and the Village’s built environment that takes a closer look at the Brick Dwelling, the Round Stone Barn and other significant structures.
The Shakers valued natural resources. This tour focuses on solar and water power, “green” architecture and sustainable agriculture, exploring how each impacted life in the Village.