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"Hancock Shaker Village is a former Shaker commune in Hancock and Pittsfield, Massachusetts. It emerged in the towns of Hancock, Pittsfield, and Richmond in the 1780s, organized in 1790, and was active until 1960. It was the third of nineteen major Shaker villages established between 1774 and 1836 in New York, New England, Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana.

The village was closed by the Shakers in 1960, and sold to a local group who formed an independent non-profit. This organization now operates the property as an open-air museum. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places and declared a National Historic Landmark District in 1968.

The Shaker religion began in Manchester, England around the year 1747. A group of dissident Christians, they practiced ecstatic worship and egalitarianism. A young woman named Ann Lee gradually emerged as the primary leader of the group. In 1770, she experience visions and revelations taught her that only by renouncing sexual relations could humankind ever achieve entrance into heaven. After enduring persecution in England, the small group of Shakers, led by Lee, set sail for the New York colony in 1774. By 1776, they settled within Watervliet, New York, establishing what became Watervliet Shaker Village. In the winter of 1779-1780, a brief religious revival swept through Baptist and Presbyterian congregations in Columbia County, New York and Berkshire County, Massachusetts. After the revival dissipated in the summer of 1780, many ministers and congregants from these churches investigated the Shakers and began converting. Invigorated by this influx of new converts, the Shakers expanded through missionary trips from 1780 through 1784 throughout the Northeast. Ann and William Lee died in 1784, and their friend and co-minister James Whittaker died in 1787. The movement was then re-organized and institutionalized by the American converts Joseph Meacham and Lucy Wright. Shaker converts were gathered into communal villages, where all property was jointly owned."

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RHH said:

Interesting information, some of it new to me. Excellent photo, too.
7 weeks ago

RHH said:

Thanks for your visit and comments
7 weeks ago

LotharW said:

HFF, Ester. Ein schönes Wochenende!
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neira-Dan said:

HFF Ester
7 weeks ago ( translate )

Malik Raoulda said:

Excellente capture admirablement rendue. Merci pour toutes ces informations.
HFF et bon week-end.
7 weeks ago ( translate )

Jaap van 't Veen said:

Lovely rural scene.
HFF and stay well.
7 weeks ago

Erika+Manfred said:

We visited Hancock in 2018, very interesting
HFF, wish you a great weekend
7 weeks ago ( translate )

William Sutherland said:

Outstanding shot! Stay well!

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7 weeks ago

Wierd Folkersma said:

well composed, HFF Esther!
7 weeks ago

Petar Bojić said:

HFF and a good weekend!
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Roger (Grisly) said:

Interesting narrative and a nice capture Esther
HFF and a good weekend
7 weeks ago

Stephan Fey said:

HFF, Esther!
7 weeks ago

Fred Snip said:

John Deere...
On my page you also see a picture of a John Deere Machine.
They are always green .., ???
7 weeks ago

Annemarie said:

Most beautiful. Hff and HANWE
7 weeks ago

╰☆☆June☆☆╮ said:

Lovely.
Nice to catch up again ;-)
7 weeks ago