Trustees’ Office & Store

The Hancock Shakers constructed a building in which to conduct business and receive visitors from the outside “world” as early as 1800. The present structure is a combination of several decades of building, beginning with a structure in 1818 and an addition built in 1852. In 1876 a kitchen ell was built which joined the office to a free-standing woodshed to the east. In 1895 the decision was made by the elders to renovate the office again, this time in the current Victorian style. This was likely done in an effort to more comfortably accommodate visitors and promote commerce for the community and in the gift shop run by the Office Deaconesses.

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