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DAILY 10-5 

Hancock Shaker Village brings the Shaker story to life
and preserves it for future generations.

Go back in time, forward in thought. Living history museum in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.

MOVEMENT MEDITATION

Wake your senses, explore your body, and appreciate the grounds with dancer Katie Workum, whose inventive work has been described as “whimsical” (The New York Times) and “delightful” (The New Yorker).

GOAT YOGA

It’s here to Namaste. Bleat in. Bleat out. We kid you not. You’d better goat used to it.

Bring a mat, towel, and open mind.

THE MASTHEADS

Explore (and write in!) five studios that architecturally interpret the Berkshire studios of authors who wrote in Pittsfield and connect with the region’s literary history. Make a week day studio reservation.

TIMBER FRAMING WORKSHOP

Starting with raw lumber, in five days you will cut and raise the frame of a small building using 18th– and 19th-century tools and techniques in an exquisite outdoor setting.

HARVEST OF QUILTS

Color, design, and the Shaker tradition of fine craftsmanship are celebrated in this show of 75 historical and modern quilts. Organized by the Quilting Friends of Hancock Shaker Village, the show includes quilting demonstrations, a pop-up quilt consignment shop, and other activities.

THE BEST AND THE WURST

Taste the best regional brews and enjoy old-world (and Shaker-style) sausage made with Berkshire- and Hudson Valley-sourced meats.

Yankee Magazine’s New England Today TRAVEL Best of Massachusetts | 2018

Editors’ Choice Award – Best Historical Attraction

Upcoming Events

Sep 19 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
10:00 am
Autumn Explorations – As fall approaches, the farm gears up for the harvest. Spend the day exploring activities and gaining insights into this important season. Learn about harvest chores, including food preservation. Visit the apple orchards and more. Registration not required. All talks, tours, and demonstrations included in admission. Unless otherwise noted, all programs listed below last about[...]
Sep 19 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
10:00 am
Five writing studios designed by architects Tessa Kelly and Chris Parkinson architecturally interpret the Berkshire studios of five American Renaissance authors who wrote in Pittsfield: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Herman Melville, and Henry David Thoreau. Sponsored by Hill Architects, Engineers, and Planners
Sep 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
2:00 pm
Go behind-the-scenes in some of Hancock Shaker Village’s most significant historic buildings, including the Laundry & Machine Shop, Brick Dwelling, and the historic barns. See collection highlights and learn about Shaker architecture and material culture as you explore rarely-seen areas of the Village. Tour does include walking up and down several flights of stairs.  Limited[...]
Sep 20 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
10:00 am
Five writing studios designed by architects Tessa Kelly and Chris Parkinson architecturally interpret the Berkshire studios of five American Renaissance authors who wrote in Pittsfield: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Herman Melville, and Henry David Thoreau. Sponsored by Hill Architects, Engineers, and Planners
Sep 20 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
10:30 am
Fun on the Hancock Shaker Village farm for children ages 2-5 and their caregivers. Get to know the farmyard at with our weekly program for young children and their families. Each Thursday, meet one of our farm animals, enjoy a special story, and do a simple craft in the Village’s Discovery Barn. All children must[...]
Sep 20 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
10:30 am
September 6       Meet a Cat September 13     Meet a Pig September 20     Meet a Hen September 27     Meet a Cow October 4          Meet a Sheep October 11        Meet a Duck October 18        Meet a Goat October 25        Meet a Rooster November 1       Meet a Turkey November 8       Barnyard Round-up Get[...]

Hancock Shaker Village – An Orientation

Bride or groom to be?

Take your wedding vows at Hancock Shaker Village, chosen the “best” wedding venue in the Berkshires by Boston Magazine.

The simplicity of our Shaker farm and the timeless historic village provide the perfect backdrop for any wedding. We offer a variety of rooms to choose from in both modern and historic buildings. Or book our Event Tent, with views of the Round Stone Barn. Go to Host an Event for more information on Wedding Packages.

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