at Hancock Shaker Village
Hancock Village is a true destination for area residents every spring when the baby animals are born and, with the Covid vaccine now being rolled out, the little animals are again on view this year. While the baby lambs, piglets, calves, chick and kids (infant goats, that is) can be viewed, safety guidelines remain in place and pre-registration is recommended by going to hancockshakervillage.org
The animals will be on view from April 17th through May 9th with Monday being reserved for members only, 11AM to 4PM. Masks are required for all visitors older than 5 years and are encouraged for children ages 2-5. Visitors should maintain a physical distance of at least six feet (a cow’s length) apart from other parties.
Capacity limits in accordance with current Massachusetts COVID regulations will be enforced for all buildings, which have designated entrances and exits. One-way foot traffic through the Round Stone Barn and Dairy Ell allow all visitors to safely visit with the animals. No touching or petting will be permitted.
Want a quieter experience? Book a private tour, offered daily at 10AM, to meet the animals in the Round Stone Barn, the dairy ell and barnyard. Following COVID safety guidelines, visitors will be able to pet some of the animals and even bottle-feed a calf. After the hour-long tour, visitors are welcome to re-visit the barn and explore the rest of the village which opens to the general public at 11 AM.
Only one private tour, for up to 12 people, will be given each day. Tours, priced at $375 (10 percent discount for members), must be booked in advance by calling 413-443-0188, ext. 0.
The village cannot allow school groups at this time but the children don’t have to miss all the fun. The village has created a virtual way to connect students with the farm animals through a Zoom session. Schools interested in arranging a tour should contact the director of education. Pricing is dependent on the number of Zoom users.
The village is located at 1843 West Housatonic Street, Pittsfield MA.; 413-443-0188.