Tradition Never Looked So Good…..
The Shakers called their village “The City of Peace” and it’s easy to see why. Hancock Shaker Village is a welcome retreat from today’s hectic pace, yet we offer so much to see and do.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.