Feel the human hand at HANCOCK SHAKER VILLAGE

Woodcraft Magazine|April - May 2020

Feel the human hand at HANCOCK SHAKER VILLAGE
The western Massachusetts area known as the Berkshires is home to dozens of summer music festivals, art museums, and trendy restaurants.
David Heim

It’s also where you’ll find Hancock Shaker Village, a carefully curated living museum that offers an in-depth look at how the Shakers lived, worked, and worshiped (see sidebar, p. 33). Anyone who loves finely crafted furniture, beautiful cabinets, and graceful oval boxes will enjoy a day here.

Don’t expect to see actors recreating activities from a century and a half in the past. The Shakers themselves left in 1959 and sold the property to an organization that turned it into a museum. Docents in the main buildings answer visitors’ questions and give brief informative talks about the Shakers’ daily routines, philosophy, and worship.


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April - May 2020