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Hancock Shaker Village

1843 West Housatonic Street

Hancock Shaker Village, Inc., is a private, not-for-profit educational organization that preserves and presents to the public the Shakers' legacy at their community in Hancock, Massachusetts. The Shaker Central Ministry closed the community in 1960 and sold the buildings and surrounding 900 acres to a group of Shaker enthusiasts, collectors and scholars who formed the not-for-profit corporation that eventually became Hancock Shaker Village. The museum opened to the public on July 1, 1961.

Over its history, the Village has steadily continued a program to restore the site and buildings, acquire and preserve adjacent land, assemble and care for the premier Shaker collection, and add innovative educational programs that bring the Shaker story to life. The Village is a National Historic Landmark and accredited by the American Association of Museums.


Eric Limon

Thursday, May 31, 2018
I'm a local photographer and I've been super blessed by being able to shoot weddings at Hancock Shaker Village a bunch of times over the last several years. The property is absolutely incredible! Big old brick barns and stone buildings are the perfect backdrop for photography. There are cows in the field, right next to the huge tent. Every year we also bring our kids and some of their friends to see the baby animals and to explore the village. It's totally worth the trip!

Gina Mateer

Thursday, May 17, 2018
Great fun place to visit, nice walking trails, art, education, gift shop, animals. Always lots to do, different activities every week. We have kept annual membership for years... Such a great place to visit with kids or without. One-mile walking trail works with strollers and wheelchairs. Lots of places to sit for those who like to relax. Can lie on the grass and watch the clouds or take one of the many tours included with admission. My whole family loves it here.

Monique Ferrecchia

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
It is absolutely beautiful here. I love that they occasionally have a free day. Educational and interesting, but none of it feels forced. You can wander around and take your time without employees rushing you along or chattering away. The stone barn is a must-see! Gorgeous architecture and live animals, it's a win-win.

Michael Stoller

Monday, May 14, 2018
Very interesting place to see old technology like water power and the usual beautiful crafts of the shakers. Fun for kids in the barn and sheep shearing in the spring. Kids can get into some animal pens with baby animals. Staff is knowledgable and can give a good idea of this nearly extinct but interesting culture.

Shaun Keegan

Saturday, May 5, 2018
Very historical site, informative staff and volunteers, and overall very well maintained. Some of the things that are on display look like they were back when the Shakers lived at the Village. If you appreciate stepping back in time and seeing how things were in yesteryear, this is most certainly an excellent place to stop and visit. The only thing that seems out of place is their solar system, but that was a great move by the Village to financially offset their operating costs.

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