Fall Specialty Tours

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Fall Specialty Tours2018-10-19T10:18:01+00:00

Rates include admission for the entire day.

In The Attics Tour – September – October

DSC0152sm-150x150Offered daily at 2 pm, this 90-minute all-access pass behind those “Museum Staff Only” signs will give you a peek into rarely seen areas of the Village’s most historic and significant buildings. CALL to reserve your space 413.443.0188 x0 or email us $30/$27/HSV members

Grave Matters – Thursday, October 11

Across Route 20, away from the cluster of Shaker buildings, a single granite stone stands in a grassy field. Below ground are the remains of dozens of Shakers whom this marker commemorates. The individual grave stones–exquisitely carved granite slabs daring back to the 1700’s–are stored in the basement of the Trustees’ Office. It was not a creepy cultish practice to remove and store the markers, but rather a later Shaker principle of simple unity.

Join us for a grave tour where we can visit the cemetery, see an unusual marker repurposed as an ironing board in the Laundry & Machine Shop, and view the gravestones in the cellar of the Trustee Office. (These stones are viewable only by private visits.) We will then gather in the Trustee Office to learn more about Shaker views of death and resurrection, talk about funeral rituals, and raise even more questions. Did you know Hancock has a copy of a shroud? Did you know Shakers often spoke at their own funerals?

Jane Crosthwaite will be our guest speaker. Recently retired from the Religion Department at Mount Holyoke College, she is a frequent participant in Hancock Village events. She has written about Shaker art and belief and has a forthcoming book entitled Shaker Visions of the Divine: Essays on Their Sacred Art and Scripture (Richard W. Couper Press, 2019).

Join us for this tour and for the wine and conversation. We will sell out early. It is to die for!!

TICKETS $25/$20

Haunted Hancock – October

What happens in the Village after the last bell rings? Find out on this 90 minute after-hours tour. Your guide will lead you through the darkening Village where you will hear tales of ghostly sightings, learn about the Shakers’ role in the spiritualist movement, and perhaps catch a few spirit sightings of your own! The adventure concludes in the 1830 Brick Dwelling where hundreds of Shakers once made their home. Do any spirits remain….

TICKETS $30/person; $27/HSV members

Tour not recommended for children 12 and under


Create Your Own Shaker Adventure


To schedule a special tour, call 413.443.0188, x 100, or contact us by email. Topics are presented in 60- or 90-minute segments.  Prices start at $40/person for a 60-minute tour and $50/person for a 90-minute tour.

Introduction to the Village


A brief history of the Village and tours of the Round Stone Barn and Brick Dwelling with an experienced museum educator.

Shaker Spirituality


An introduction to Shaker spiritual life, discussion of the dual godhead, the second coming of “the Christ” and other elements of Shaker worship. Using the Village’s outstanding collection of art and artifacts, your museum educator will explore the progressive positions Shakers held on issues of social justice, including slavery, pacifism, poverty and gender equality. Includes a demonstration of Shaker songs and dances simple enough for everyone to join in!



An overview of Shaker architecture and the Village’s built environment that takes a closer look at the Brick Dwelling, the Round Stone Barn and other significant structures.

Shaker Sustainability


The Shakers valued natural resources. This tour focuses on solar and water power, “green” architecture and sustainable agriculture, exploring how each impacted life in the Village.

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