Hancock Shaker Village offers a glimpse back in time.
century their number had increased to nearly 300. Largely self-sufficient, the Shakers were able to purchase items they could not make or grow with income earned by selling herbal medicines, crafts, and furniture. They also operated a sizable dairy business out of their iconic round barn.n the late 18th century, 100 religious Shakers established a 3,000-acre communal farm in Pittsfield, MA, which they named the “City of Peace.” In spite of their celibate lifestyle, by the early 19th
Today, Hancock Shaker Village (hancockshakervillage.org) is a living history museum, open to the public. The buildings are as strong and true as the day they were built, and the farm looks much as it did when the community closed due to dwindling membership in 1959.