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 offer so much to see and do.
- 11 am Interpreter’s Talk about Shaker life and work, Brick Dwelling
- Noon Farm & Garden Tour — explore the Round Stone Barn and HSV’s glorious gardens
- 1 pm Demonstration of the water turbine, Laundry & Machine Shop
- 1:30 pm Live demonstration of Shaker Music & Dance, Brick Dwelling
- 2:15 pm Interpreter’s Talk about Shaker beliefs, Meetinghouse (part of Modern Wings and Shaker Roots)
- 3 pm Interpreter’s Talk about Shaker life and work, Brick Dwelling
- Ongoing: Watch demonstrations of such traditional Shaker trade crafts as black-smithing and oval box-making. Special theme days include “Woodworking Tuesdays” and “Weaving Wednesdays”
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 as a Shaker with a visit to the “Please Touch” Room (Room # 6) in the 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 vegetables, herbs and a barn full of livestock.
See Heaven on Earth: A Shaker Introduction in the gallery at the Visitor Center. Each historic building also houses premier Shaker artifacts, furniture, tools and household implements.
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 ages 12 and under (on family visits) are 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. It’s even perfect for a baby stroller!
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.