Tradition Never Looked So Good!
We offer fun and educational experiences that fulfill learning standards for Pre-K through high school, with pre-visit planning assistance and curriculum based tour outlines for teachers. Both indoor seating and an outdoor picnic area are available for bag lunches.
- Have questions before you book your visit? Click here.
- Have you already scheduled a field trip? Click here for preparatory materials.
Allow 1 – 2 hours for Pre-K groups. Allow 2 to 4 hours for elementary, middle, and high-school children.
Tour the Village at your own pace, choosing activities according to your curriculum. After watching our introductory video, your group can engage with artisans in our historic buildings, visit our gardeners in the vegetable patch, marvel at the sights and sounds of the water-powered turbine, and delight in our barnyard animals in the Round Stone Barn. Dress up like a Shaker in the Discovery Room, or milk a life-sized replica of a Holstein cow. Take a 19th-century lesson with a “Shaker schoolteacher” in the Village Schoolhouse, and learn to spell with a letter board or write with a quill pen.
Allow 90 minutes. Plan to arrive early or stay afterward to enjoy more of the Village on your own.
Find out what daily life in a 19th-century Shaker community was like, with visits to the 1830 Brick Dwelling, Round Stone Barn, and Laundry/Machine Shop. Students learn about the history and culture of the Shakers, what chores Shaker children were assigned and what their school day included. Tours are tailored to the ages of children, with skills development, apprenticeships, and work roles emphasized with teens.
Teachers and Camp Leaders Watch this introductory video designed to help you plan your field trip.
- Visit the Lenox Public Schools website for more curriculum based project ideas.
- 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 the Shakers!
- Check the status of our solar electric generation!
Educational programming at HSV is supported by