Hancock Shaker Village
Hancock Shaker Village, the Shakers' "City of Peace,"
beckons you to discover the way of life of America's most successful
communitarian society. Now a living history museum, the village was an active
Shaker community from 1790 to 1960. Members held all property in common and
practiced celibacy, equality and separation of the sexes, and pacifism as they
sought to create "heaven on earth." Putting their "hands to work and hearts to
God." the Shakers created a society based in spirituality but rich in
practicality and ingenuity. Discover their unique approach to life and the
remarkable fruits of their labors at Hancock Shaker Village.
HOURS AND VILLAGE ADMISSION
Open: Hancock Shaker Village is open from April 13, 2013 through October 27, 2013.
Guided tours are available for groups with advance reservations.
The historic grounds of Hancock Shaker Village, along with the Village Harvest Cafe and Village Store, will be open from April 16 - October 30, 2011. In addition, shopping is available online all year round, and the modern facilities in our Visitors Center are available for meeting and event rentals year round. To welcome our foreign visitors, a walking tour map and orientation video are available in French, German, Japanese and Spanish. Our Audio Tour, free with general admission, is available in English, German, French and Italian.
LOCATION & DIRECTIONS
Hancock Shaker Village is located in western Massachusetts in the heart of the Berkshires. It is at the junction of Routes 20 and 41 west of Pittsfield. Convenient to the Massachusetts Turnpike, Taconic State Parkway and New York Thruway, it is a one-hour drive from Albany and a three-hour drive from New York or Boston. The Village is located near Tanglewood, the Norman Rockwell Museum, Clark Art Institute and many other major cultural attractions.
For information on lodging, contact the Berkshire Visitors' Bureau at 1-800-237-5747 or 1-413-443-9186.
Hancock Shaker Village
Web Site: www.hancockshakervillage.org
Interactive Map of Hancock Shaker Village.
Additional Information: The Shaker Round Barn.
For information on activities and events
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