The schoolhouse you visit at the village today is an exact replica (the only one on the site) of the original Hancock schoolhouse and stands on the same foundations. Built by the museum in 1976, it is based on drawings and measurements of the original, which was sold and moved nearby in 1934. It is still used as a private residence.
The original schoolhouse was built before 1820. The Shaker school district educated children from their own community and from the surrounding towns. The Shakers were dedicated teachers and their schools often received high praise from the people of the “world.” Boys attended school in the winter months so that they could help with farming and harvesting chores in the warmer weather, and girls went to school in the summer and fall. See the Village through the eyes of a Shaker child on our Young Shakers’ Tour.