Celebrate spring and meet newborn piglets, lambs, calves, chicks and kids at the barns, and explore the historic village too!
Baby Animals on the Shaker Farm
Baby Animals on the Shaker Farm, a beloved tradition for families from the Berkshires and beyond, opens April 15 and continues through May 7. Visit the Village and cuddle a lamb or kiss a calf. The barn will be bursting at the seams with chicks, ducklings, piglets, and kids (young goats that is)! All included in general admission.
Behind-the-Scenes Farm Tours
Behind-the-Scenes Farm Tours with Farmer Bill and his energetic helpers will again be offered daily. This popular premium experience sells out, so choose a date and click the Premium Tour button below to reserve your seat today.
If a problem occurs while purchasing your premium tour please call us at 413-443-0188 x100. Children under 1 are FREE.
Mark Stewart, a world-class multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer, and instrument designer who has been heard around the world performing old and new music, will play songs and pieces from different traditions at 11 AM on Saturday, April 15, in the Round Stone Barn. The Musical Director for Paul Simon, he’s also worked with Sting, Bob Dylan, Philip Glass, Paul McCartney, and James Taylor. A founding member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, which are in residence every July at MASS MoCA, he’s is the inventor of the WhirlyCopter, a bicycle-powered Pythagorean choir of singing tubes. As he notes, he makes his living “playing and writing popular music, semi-popular music, and unpopular music.”
On Easter Sunday, join in an old-fashioned egg hunt at 12:30 PM on the grounds of the Village. Reserve your place at the table for Easter Sunday lunch with mimosas in the new Seeds Market Cafe with regional chef Brian Alberg. At 2 PM, there is a book-signing with Hancock Shaker Village President Jennifer Trainer Thompson, author of The Fresh Egg Cookbook. Thompson is the author of 20 books, three of which have been nominated for James Beard Awards, and been featured in Martha Stewart Living and Coastal Living magazines. In this month of spring celebrations that pay tribute to new life and rebirth, Thompson recalls her earliest experiences raising chickens and contemplates the great impact of that incredible edible: the humble egg.
Ty Allan Jackson will be hosting Story Time with Ty on Saturday, April 22 at 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM. Ty Allan Jackson is a children’s book author, publisher, literacy advocate and motivational speaker. Ty travels the country empowering children and adults about the joy and power of reading. He has collaborated with organizations including The United Way, The YMCA, The Boys and Girls Club, Google for Entrepreneurs, Children of Promise, several financial institutions and countless public, private and charter schools. Ty has been called one of the most important authors in America because of his message of inspiration and his ability to make the most reluctant young reader into a reading superhero. Ty has been acknowledged and awarded by mayors, senators, governors and even former First Lady Michelle Obama for his efforts to promote literacy.
Sheep Shearing Weekend: chat with shearer Fred DePaul as he shaves the flock. Visit the lambs. Try your hand at wool-washing, carding, spinning, and weaving. Get woolly!
School Field Trips
Baby Animals on the Shaker Farm offers a fun and educational experience for children in all grades. For teachers, we offer planning assistance before your visit and curriculum-based tour outlines. Enjoy our Picnic Area or use our shared indoor seating for lunch.
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Self-Guided Field Trips
(Recommended during the Baby Animals exhibit)
Tour the Village at your own pace, choosing activities that support your curriculum. After your students receive an introduction from our interpretative staff, they can watch Village artisans and farm staff at work, marvel at the sights and sounds of the 1858 water turbine, and delight in heritage-breed animals in the Round Stone Barn — especially the newborns! Hands-on activities in the Discovery Room include dressing up in Shaker-style clothing, weaving on a loom, and milking a life-sized replica Holstein cow.
Guided Field Trips
(Recommended from May 8 onward to the end of the school year)
Guided tours for school groups are roughly 90 minutes long and focus on daily life in a 19th-Century Shaker community. With visits to the 1830 Brick Dwelling, Round Stone Barn, and Laundry/Machine Shop, students learn about the history and culture of the Shakers and what life was like in early-American society. You’ll learn about the chores Shaker children were expected to do, and what their day at school was like. All tours are tailored to student ages. For teen groups, skills development, apprenticeships, and work roles are emphasized.