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Fall in the Berkshires

These images were made last week at Hancock Shaker Village in Western Massachusetts.

Hancock Shaker Village

shaker-barn-and-silo-color

Yesterday, we visited Hancock Shaker Village on the Massachusetts border with New York. They are a Christian sect founded in the 18th century. Few of them remain. They are known for living simply and for their craftsmanship. The Shaker village in Hancock Massachusetts is now preserved as a museum.

Frye’s Measure Mill

Fryes Measure Mill

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Frye’s Measure Mill has been water powered since the 1850’s. They continue to fashion round and oval pantry boxes, measures, and piggins (like a wooden ladle) as they have done for years. The also reproduce Shaker boxes using the panstaking methods pioneered by the Shakers themselves. I hope to return on a Satudray this summer or fall and take a tour of the manufacturing process. More photos are below.

Fryes Measure Mill - Measure Mill Boxes

Fryes Measure Mill - Derrick

Fryes Measure Mill - Derrick Top