In the late 1780s, Hancock Shaker Village got off the ground when about 100 Believers created a community on land donated by fellow Believers. By the 1830s, the community peaked with 300+ Believers on more than 3,000 acres. During the height of their growth and religiosity, these Shakers built barns, workshops, dwelling houses, and other buildings, thus creating a big, successful farm.
The 1826 Round Stone Barn became the center of a thriving dairy industry. These people relished a peaceful and hard-working life, separate from “The World.” Eventually, forces prevented them from growing their community, and in 1959, when they were unable to remain true to the principles, they sold their property to a group that vowed to preserve their heritage.
1843 W. Housatonic St., Pittsfield, MA, website, Phone: 413-443-0188 Photo: sphraner/Fotolia
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