Hancock Shaker Village is open from 10 am to 4 pm seven days a week, beginning April 12.
The Shakers called their village “The City of Peace.” It’s easy to see why. Hancock Shaker Village is a welcome retreat from today’s hectic pace, yet offers so much to see and do.
Located on 750 acres in the heart of the Berkshires, our outdoor living-history museum is the perfect destination for everyone. Come and spend the day exploring our 20 authentic buildings, working farm with livestock (think Baby Animals!), extensive gardens, and extraordinary collection of Shaker artifacts. We offer a full complement of workshops and activities for the whole family, too.
From the 1780s to 1960, the Village was home to as many as 300 Shakers. Today, the Village preserves the Shaker legacy and presents it to the general public.
You may walk through the Village at your own pace, or take one of our Shaker Adventures, available by advance reservation. Costumed artisans and interpreters demonstrate Shaker crafts, tend our gardens of herbs, flowers and heirloom vegetables, as well as herds of livestock. They teach about Shaker religion and worship, as well as their unique and principled approach to living.
Our beautifully restored Village of Shaker buildings is set amid acres of farm, woodland and pasture. The Round Stone Barn, most famous of all, is a testament to Shaker efficiency, innovation and design.
Farming was at the heart of all Shaker communities. Agricultural experimentation and technology made Shaker farms models of efficiency and innovation. Today, Hancock Shaker Village is still a working farm, with crops and a barn full of livestock.
In our Visitor Center, the Beatrice O. Chase Gallery showcases exhibits on the Shakers. Each building in the historic Village houses premier Shaker artifacts, furniture, hand-crafted items and household implements, too.
Costumed interpreters engage visitors in learning and fun, and our 750 acres provide a delightful outdoor classroom. Best of all, children 12 and under are always admitted free!
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.