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Tradition Never Looked So Good!

We offer a variety of special experiences throughout our season, which runs from April to November. That means your group can enjoy our outdoor living-history museum from the time spring blossoms emerge to those crisp fall days with brilliant foliage!

Hancock Shaker Village is a registered National Landmark, and the only attraction in the Berkshires rated Three Stars by the Michelin Guide. The Village is also rated a Gem Site by AAA (Triple A), and chosen as an Editor’s Pick by Yankee  magazine’s Travel Guide to New England.

Group amenities include an on-site Cafe and catering, free motor-coach parking, handicap-accessibility throughout most of the Village, and a Village Store with unique, one-of-a-kind items.

GROUP LUNCHEON MENUS Groups of 10 or more can enjoy a private dining experience by Savory Harvest Catering.

Questions about hosting your group?  Call 413.443.0188 x100, or complete our online inquiry form.  Click here if you have questions about group tour visits before booking.

Self-Guided Groups

April 12 – June 30  10 am to 4 pm
July 1 – Nov 2   10 am to 5 pm
Allow two hours or longer
$15 per adult

This walking tour of the Village’s historic buildings offers the opportunity to experience the Shakers’ “City of Peace” at your own pace. Informative videos and friendly, knowledgeable staff bring the Shaker story to life at each historic building. Demonstrations of traditional crafts, Shaker music every day at 1 p.m., and farm activities enhance your understanding of America’s most successful utopian society. You’ll want to extend your stay beyond two hours to fully appreciate the simple beauty and exceptional efficiency of Shaker architecture and artifacts; the power of religious beliefs echoed in song and everyday routine; the pastoral tranquility of the Village farm; and the earthly splendor of our gardens. Groups may dine on their own in the Village Harvest Café, or contact us to arrange catering. Advance reservation required.

Guided Group Visits

April 12 – June 30  10 am to 4 pm
July 1 – Nov 2    10 am to 5 pm
Allow 2 hours. Includes unlimited self-guided time.
$20 per adult

Step back in time as a lively guide in traditional Shaker garb escorts your group on a two-hour walking tour highlighting three of the most dramatic and significant buildings in our historic Village — the Brick Dwelling, the Round Stone Barn, and the Laundry & Machine Shop. Outstanding Shaker themes come to life — community, farming, innovation and technology — and provide an incomparable examination of the Shaker world.  Minimum group size of 15.

Special Group Tours

Reserve in advance, via email or phone. 

Shaker Dinner & Song

We make you “kindly welcome” in true Shaker fashion with this unique dining experience! Begin with a guided walking tour to key sites in the Village conducted by a costumed interpreter who emphasizes important themes of daily Shaker life and practice.  Then, your group is treated to a cider and cheese reception under the Visitor Center Timber Frame, with its unparalleled view of the Round Stone Barn. This is followed by a bountiful four-course Shaker-inspired dinner, served family-style in the modern comfort of Community Hall, which opens with the singing of a Shaker grace and closes with music that illuminates Shaker beliefs and spirituality. Choice of two entrees. Arrangements for vegetarian and gluten-free dining are easily accommodated. Allow five hours. Group size: 15 minimum; 60 maximum.  Available year-round.  $68 per person;  $38 per person for one driver, escort or tour leader per group

 

Historic Shaker Garden Tour

The Shakers invested great thought, time, and labor in their gardens. They were the first to package seeds, and well-known for their fine herbal remedies, as this two-hour tour reveals. Conducted by our Head of Historic Gardens, this superb overview of Shaker plantings in the medicinal and herb gardens, and heirloom-seed vegetable gardens, showcases the Shaker preoccupation with form and function, along with their desire to create a heaven on earth. Ample time to wander the gardens on your own. Includes general admission to the Village for the day. Groups of 15 to 30.  Available Memorial Day weekend to mid-October. $25 per person

Rates are subject to change. Driver and group leader are free for commercial tour groups. Tour leader is free for all other groups.

Click here to request more information about Group Tours.

Or call  413.443.0188 x 100.

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