Hancock Shaker Village (HSV) was founded in 1960 after the Shaker Central Ministry closed the Hancock community and the site became a museum. Over its history, the Village has restored the site and buildings, assembled and cared for the premier Shaker collection, and added innovative educational programs for the public. The Village was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1968 and is accredited by the American Association of Museums.
This beautifully restored village, set amongst acres of farm, woodland and pasture, is home to a premier collection of 20 Shaker buildings and over 22,000 artifacts. Graceful Shaker furniture, craft and household items are exhibited in authentic Shaker buildings, each an architectural gem.
The Round Stone Barn, most famous of all Shaker buildings, is a testament to Shaker efficiency, innovation and design. Restoration of the Round Stone Barn’s upper levels, including a return to paint colors from the late 1800’s on the windows, cupola and clerestory, was completed in 2009. Other recent structural restoration projects include the 1813 Brethren’s Shop, a two story structure that was home to the Shakers’ broom industry and later served as living quarters for Ricardo Belden, the last Brother to reside at Hancock.
Each year visitors from around the world come to the Village to experience the City of Peace, participate in programs, view the Village’s premier collection, and learn about Shaker life. Hancock Shaker Village is open for self guided visits from April through October, with daily guided tours during November. A wide selection of workshops is offered at the Village, including gardening, traditional woodworking, and timber frame construction.
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