Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, MA started in 1783 as the third of nineteen major Shaker communities established in the United States. This living history museum on 750 acres of land preserves and celebrates the history of the Shakers who inhabited this community up until 1960 when it became a museum.
The Village consists of:
- 18 historic buildings including a Round Stone Barn that was built in 1826
- A modern visitor center, cafe, museum store, and a SoCo Creamery Scoop Shop
- 750 acres of land that includes farm, meadow, woodland, watershed and hiking trails
- A collection of original Shaker art, artifacts, furniture, objects, textiles, and tools
- A research library
Hancock Shaker Village hosts school and camp field trips as well as group tours and premium tours. In addition, they offer workshops, a “return & learn” series, and Shaker suppers. There is even a Hancock Shaker Village 50 mile race on the Taconic Crest Trail that is run in late September as well as a country fair also held in the fall.
Hancock Shaker Village was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1968.
Hours of Operation
The museum is open every year from April to October as follows:
- April to June: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
- July to October: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Hancock Shaker Village
1843 West Housatonic St.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Phone: 413-443-0188 or 800-817-1137
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Picture credits: The panoramic photo of Hancock Shaker Village was provided by Hancock Shaker Village as one of many images made available to members of the media.