Frequently Asked Questions
What is available during Phase 3?
• Historic village – Many historic buildings, such as the Brick Dwelling, Round Stone Barn, and Laundry & Machine Shop, are open for self-guided tours. A few are closed or partially closed, as they are too small to allow one-way traffic and accommodate fewer guests while we are required to limit occupancy. The Discovery Barn is not open, but we have fun activities available for all ages. Signage throughout the Village indicates which buildings are open and closed.
• Farm animals – There are plenty of adorable animals outdoors and in the Dairy Ell off the Round Stone Barn—baby calves, piglets, goats, and lambs and their mothers, plus donkeys, chickens, turkeys, and Veruca the 1,500-pound pig.
• Farm & Forest Trail – Our accessible trail through the woods is open. The Farm & Forest Trail offers fascinating information on signs posted along the way, such as anecdotes about sugar maples and herbal remedies, a brief history of how a limestone quarry (the remains of which can be viewed in the woods) was used to build the Round Stone Barn, and a description of how sheep’s wool was spun, dyed, and woven into cloth.
• Shaker Mercantile – Peruse our store for handmade and artisanal goods.
• Seeds Market Cafe – Indoor and outdoor dining is available whenever the Village is open.
• Seating areas at the cafe and picnic areas – Feel free to bring a blanket for picnicking.
Do I need advance tickets?
No! Tickets may be purchased at the door. We do not currently offer timed tickets. With a vast property (20 buildings and 750 acres), we found in Phase 1 that there was never an issue of overcrowding. The buildings all have reduced capacity limits, and if you can’t enter a building at any particular time because another group is inside, you have your choice of many other buildings and barns. We take your safety very seriously.
What else do I need to know?
• Wear a mask – Visitors are required to wear a mask inside all buildings. We also expect you to wear your mask throughout our outdoor spaces at all times, unless you see no visitor or employee within sight. If you hike our Farm and Forest Trail, please wear your mask when you are unable to maintain social distance.
• Social distance – Please stay at least six feet apart from visitors and staff at all times.
• Observe capacity limits – Our historic buildings have limited capacity. Please be safe and respect these limits by following directions indicated on signage and by following the guidance of staff members.
• Barriers and ropes – Our historic buildings contain some areas not accessible to the public. Wooden barriers and ropes indicate where you should not enter (but feel free to peek into rooms!). Please do not cross or move barriers.
• Follow one-way routes – Our one-way routes, both outdoors and inside historic buildings, allow safe social distancing and maximum enjoyment. Please take care to follow the directional signage, including staying on marked paths and not walking through garden beds.
• Dress appropriately – This is a working farm. Please wear comfortable shoes or boots, and be prepared to walk on uneven (and possibly muddy) terrain.
• Your visit is self-guided – In compliance with social distancing, we are unable to offer guided tours. You will receive a detailed map of the Village when you arrive. We also invite you to download the Hancock Shaker Village app on Apple devices, or click here to view on your browser.