Hancock Shaker Village

Hancock Shaker Village Round Stone BarnHancock Shaker Village, with its iconic Round Stone Barn, is an authentic, former Shaker site and largest Shaker museum in the east, with 750 acres of forest and farmland surrounding 20 historic, preserved buildings to discover and explore.

Hancock Shaker Village was established in 1783, the third of nineteen major Shaker villages founded in New York, New England, Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana between 1783 and 1836, under the leadership of “Mother” Ann Lee. Ann Lee came to America from Manchester, England, in 1774, with eight Shaker converts and the intention of seeking the freedom to live, work, and worship. By the early 19th century, there were approximately 6,000 Shakers in America. (more…)

The 25th Annual Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas Weekend

25th Anniversary Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas WeekendLast post we told you about the Norman Rockwell Museum – this time around we’ll take a look at how Norman Rockwell’s famous painting, “Stockbridge Main Street At Christmas,” comes to life every December in the Berkshires!

As previously noted, Norman Rockwell not only spent his last years and left his collection in trust in Stockbridge, MA, he also used a lot of the town’s quintessential, New England ambiance in many of his works – most notably and obviously in the famous painting “Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas.” (more…)