The Halloween season has officially arrived and with it the return of the annual Haunted Hancock tours! Visit Hancock Shaker Village to hear ghost stories, learn about Shaker spiritualism, and see areas of the village that are typically off-limits. Great spooky fun!
Hancock Shaker Village may not be the first venue that comes to mind when you think of Halloween but maybe it should be. The nearly 240 year-old settlement has plenty of ghost stories and other uncanny secrets to tell. Tales you’ll hear during your 90-minute, Haunted Hancock tour.
Hancock Shaker Village was established in Pittsfield, MA in 1783, the third such village to be settled in the United States. Shakers are a Christian sect that emigrated to the New World in 1774 to escape religious persecution in England.
Shakers were quite progressive, practicing pacifism and racial and gender equality as early as the mid-1700’s. Celibacy is another major tenet of the religion, leading to the sect’s slow but inevitable decline. Despite this, the Shaker legacy of fine, simple craftsmanship and a firm work ethic remain.
Today, of the more than 20 Shaker communities founded in the US, only one, Maine’s Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, is still active. Most other Shaker settlements, like Hancock Shaker Village, are now Shaker museums.
Hancock’s enviable collection of 20 historic buildings and working farm make it the largest Shaker museum on the east coast. The Village is open seasonally, Mid April to November, but hosts a variety of special events year ’round. Fun and educational attractions like Haunted Hancock!
Haunted Hancock Shaker Village
Visit Hancock Shaker Village this Halloween for an after-hours adventure of spine-chilling ghosts and mystery.
Haunted Hancock tours take you down dark paths to some of the spookiest parts of the Village, spaces that are normally off-limits to tours. Along the way you’ll hear true tales of ghostly sightings and discover why there are hand-carved gravestones in the basement. You’ll also learn about the Shaker attitude toward life, death, and spiritualism.
Haunted Hancock Tours include walking over uneven terrain and climbing several flights of stairs. Suitable for ages 12 and up.
Hancock Shaker Village’s Haunted Hancock Tours are available October 21st, 23rd, 28th, and the 30th, 2021. Tickets and more information is available on the Hancock website.
Hancock Shaker Village is located less than 20 miles from our Berkshires bed and breakfast, Applegate Inn. In fact, our convenient location in Lee, MA puts the best of the Berkshires right at your feet. Berkshire Botanical Gardens, the Norman Rockwell Museum, Jacobs Pillow, Tanglewood, Jiminy Peak, and more. reserve your room at Applegate Inn today!