AAA Editor Notes
Hancock Shaker Village is 4.2 mi. w. on US 20 (W. Housatonic St.). The 1,200-acre restored Shaker village includes 21 buildings with original Shaker furniture and artifacts, a working farm, and an heirloom herb and vegetable garden. A visitor center features changing exhibitions about Shaker life. The Shakers, dedicated to simplicity, celibacy and equality, founded the village in 1783 and lived here until 1960.
Visitors can explore the gardens, an 1830s brick dwelling, the 1826 Round Stone Barn, and a laundry and machine shop. The exterior architecture of the site's other historic structures also can be viewed on the self-guiding tour. Hands-on activities and first-person portrayals are often featured. Staff demonstrate Shaker woodworking, weaving, oval box making and other 19th-century crafts.
Food is available. Time: Allow 2 hours, 30 minutes minimum.