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A Day at the Village

Tradition Never Looked So Good…..

The Shakers called their village “The City of Peace” and it’s easy to see why. We’re a welcome retreat from today’s hectic pace, yet we offer so much to see and do.

Located on 750 acres in the rural Berkshires, this outdoor living-history museum is the perfect destination in any season. Spend the day exploring 20 authentic historic buildings, each full of authentic Shaker artifacts.  Chat with costumed interpreters as they demonstrate aspects of Shaker life, including oval box-building, weaving, cooking and woodworking, and share insight into Shaker practices and beliefs, including the Shakers’ principled approach to living.

Join the sing-a-long of Shaker music (every day at 1:30) and watch the demonstration of the water-powered turbine (every day at 1 pm).  Visit our herds of livestock and gardens of heirloom vegetables, herbs and flowers.

For a deeper experience, take a Shaker Adventures, available by advance reservation.

Historic Architecture

Our beautifully restored and walkable Village is set amid acres of farm, woodland and pasture. The world-famous Round Stone Barn is a testament to Shaker efficiency, innovation and design. Experience life like a Shaker with a visit to the “Please Touch” Room in the magnificent Brick Dwelling.

Farm and Gardens

Farming was at the heart of all Shaker communities. Through agricultural experimentation and wise use of technology, the Shakers made their farms into models of efficiency and innovation. Hancock Shaker Village is still a working farm today, with crops and a barn full of livestock.

Exhibits and Galleries

The gallery at the Visitor Center showcases exhibitions about the Shakers. Each of the Village’s historic buildings houses premier Shaker artifacts, furniture, and household implements.

For Families and Kids

Costumed interpreters engage visitors in learning and fun throughout the Village. Our 750 acres provide a delightful outdoor classroom. Kids love the Discovery Room, where they can dress up like a Shaker child, milk a (replica) cow, and make crafts to take home.  Best of all, children age 12 and under are admitted to the Village free!

Take a Hike!

A hike along our mile-long ADA-compliant Farm & Forest trail is a great way to see the Village while enjoying the scenic beauty of the Berkshires.

 

The Berkshires offers a variety of cultural and recreation opportunities. For more information, including where to stay, visit the Berkshire Visitors Bureau website or call (800) 237-5747.