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The town of Hancock in the Berkshires, was re-named for John Hancock in 1776, the year of its incorporation, from Plantation of Jericho, as it was called by the original settlers in 1762. Hancock Shaker Village was established there in 1790, becoming a thriving Shaker community before the movement’s mid-19th century demise. In 1960, the Hancock community was closed by the Shaker Central Ministry, and the next year Hancock Shaker Village, a non-profit museum was opened; it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1968. Find hotels in Hancock, MA.

What to do in Hancock, Mass.

Hancock, MA Town Hall, October 2009; photo by John PhelanInformation and upcoming events scheduled for Hancock Shaker Village. Hancock also is home to Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, a year-round resort which includes the states largest ski area, Vacation Village At Berkshires, one-of-a-kind barn museum, a campground, a nudist camp, and twenty-four known and catalogued cemeteries. Find hotels in Hancock, MA.

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Hancock, MA facts:

  • Town Hall: Hancock, MA 01237
  • Phone: (413) 738-5225
  • Population: 721
  • Settled/Inc’d: 1767/1776
  • Named for: John Hancock
  • Elevation: 1020′
  • Demographic data: state.ma.us/cc/hancock.html

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