Hancock 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…)