Auction At Hancock Shaker Village

Harvest Suppers Begin on September 9th

By: - Sep 06, 2016

If you haven’t visited Hancock Shaker Village, located in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, that's on you. It's not necessary to be a history or religious buff to enjoy the architecture, furniture styles, farming techniques or and lifestyle of the Shakers.

The Hancock community was established in 1783 and was the third of nineteen major Shaker villages that were established between that year and 1836. The Shakers thrived at various locations.

In 1960, Hancock Shaker Village was closed by the Shakers and was sold to a local group who operate the village as a living museum of Shaker life. It has been added to the National Register of Historic Places and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1968.

History of the Shakers

In 1747, the Shaker religion began in Manchester, England. It’s leader, known as a very enthusiastic and charismatic person, Ann Lee, endured prosecution, due to her beliefs that by renouncing carnal knowledge, mankind could achieve entrance into heaven. In 1774, Ann Lee and a small group of Shakers set sail to America.

They settled in Albany, New York, and expanded the missionary, founding Hancock Shaker Village in 1790 and settling in the following year.
As a religious order, the Shakers believe in gender equality, communal living, pacifism and celibacy.

Hancock Shaker Village

Hancock is typical, with communal dwellings, craft shops, a meeting house andround barn. The building designs were driven by function and utility. No extra time or materials was wasted during construction. Hancock Shaker Village contains 20 buildings including artifacts, livestock, gardens, and a restored 19th century water system.


The village is open from 10am-5pm daily.

Farm Friends, for children 2-5 (Starts at 10:30am and lasts for 45 minutes)
September 8 Welcome to the Farm
September 15  Meet a Sheep
September 22  Meet a Chicken
September 29  Meet a Duck
October 6        Meet a Cow
October 13      Meet a Pig
October 20      Meet a Goat
October 27      Farmyard Roundup

Shaker Auction by Willis Henry Auctions, Inc
September 10th  12pm-5pm

September 9th  4pm-8pm Shaker Auction Preview, Cider and Cheese Reception and Harvest Supper served by Chef Michael Roller and the staff at Savory Harvest Catering

Quilt Days begin September 23rd

Country Fair 2015; September 24th & 25th

Inspired Harvest Suppers in the Brick Dwelling
September 9th   4pm-8pm
October 8th       4pm-8pm
October 29th     4pm-8pm

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