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The village offered us plenty of free parking, a great Welcome Center and the Café that offered indoor and outdoor seating with homemade soups and sandwiches, often using Shaker recipes. Kids 12 and under are free at this family friendly affordable attraction.

We began our tour with the video in a room adjacent to the Welcome Center. It was a good attraction to Shakers and explained all about them. Next, we followed the track outside (picture # 1) and saw working artisans for crafts, cooking and agricultural demonstrations (picture #s 2 and 3). We saw each and every building that the Shakers used. Children wanted to see the animals and like in many previous visits a barn and bird farm were a must see (picture # 4). From there, we stepped inside the Discovery Room where we dressed-up like Shakers and milked a cow just like they may have done in the days gone by (picture # 5).

However, the best demonstration was the lady who narrated the worshipping, singing and trembling part of the Shakers to the audience. She sang many songs with gestures and motions that were hallmark of the people.

When we felt hungry we dropped into the Florence Gould Café that was the place to go with its durable Shaker chairs and tables. But, we could have brought our own snacks too and used numerous outdoor tables.

Pathways from the center of the Village led to the Gift Shop. Its shelves were stocked with everything from cool looking T-shirts and wooden tops to books, Shaker furniture making kits and food items. Needless to mention, we came out laden with souvenirs from here.

Directions: Tkae Route 20 East off Route 7 from downtown Pittsfield. The Welcome Center and car parking will appear on your left hand side after 10 kms.
Phone: 413-443-0188
Website: http://www.hancockshakervillage.org

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 21, 2008
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