Hancock Shaker Village offers fun and educational experiences that fulfill learning standards for pre-k through high school. We offer pre-visit planning assistance and curriculum based tour outlines for teachers. A Picnic Area is available, as well as indoor seating.
- Have questions before booking? Click here to email us about booking.
- Already scheduled a field trip? Click here for preparatory materials.
Field Trip Options:
Self-guided Tours April through October
Allow 1 – 2 hours for pre-K; 2 – 4 hours for elementary, middle, and high school
Tour the Village at your own pace, choosing from activities according to curriculum. Following an introductory video, your group can watch artisans and gardeners at work, marvel at the sights and sounds of the 1858 water turbine, or delight in the heritage breeds of livestock in the Round Stone Barn. Hands-on activities in the Discovery Room include trying on Shaker-style clothing, weaving, and milking a life-sized replica of a Holstein cow. In the Schoolhouse, take a 19th-century lesson with a “Shaker schoolteacher” and learn to spell with letter boards or write with a quill pen.
Guided Tours April through October
Allow 1.5 hours for guided portion. You may arrive early or stay after to enjoy self guided exploration.
Approx. 90 minutes, focuses on daily life in a 19th-century Shaker community. In the 1830 Brick Dwelling, Round Stone Barn, and Laundry/Machine Shop, students learn about the history and culture of the Shakers, and the chores and education of Shaker children, with discussion of what life was like in early American society. Tours tailored to student’s ages. Skill development, apprenticeships, and work roles are emphasized with teens.
Teachers and Camp Group Leaders -please view the following introductory video designed to help you plan your field trip to Hancock Shaker Village:
- Visit the Lenox Public Schools website for more curriculum based project ideas. (linked with permission).
- Looking to visit other sites during your trip? Click here to build your Berkshire County field trip.
- Scholastic Kid Reporter Virginia Reed spent a day with us. Watch her video report on Shakers!
- Check the status of our solar electric generation!
Educational programming at Hancock Shaker Village is supported by: