Hancock Shaker Village: Powered by the Sun for Over 200 Years
Hancock Shaker Village installed this solar photovoltaic (pv) array in December 2009. Here is one sample pv panel for you to examine and touch (it is not connected to the array and will not harm you).
Throughout the Village there are many examples of ways in which the Shakers efficiently used what today we would call "green" or "sustainable" building and architectural features, and "renewable" or "alternative" energy.
Here are examples to get you thinking:
"Borrowed light" in the Brick Dwelling (1830)
Windows placed on interior south-facing walls bring sunlight further into building, reducing the need for artificial lighting (minimizing the use of candles, oil lamps, and electricity). In addition, interior windows ensure better ventilation. Also note the woodstove placement at the center of the room and the long stove pipe; both provide more efficient heating.
ca. 1930s Collection of Hancock Shaker Village #1986-1320
Passive solar gain in the Brick Poultry House (1878)
The large number of
ca. 1915-1920 Collection of Hancock Shaker Village #1995-5821, album p. 12
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Erected by Hancock Shaker Village.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Churches & Religion • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is December 2009.
Location. 42° 25.813′ N, 73° 20.377′ W. Marker is near Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in Berkshire County. Marker is on the photovoltaic field fence, along the entrance path to Hancock Shaker Village. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1843 West Housatonic Street, Pittsfield MA 01201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hancock Shaker Village (within shouting distance of this marker); Shaker Color (within shouting distance of this marker); Town of New Lebanon War Memorial (approx. 3.8 miles away in New York); Lafayette's Tour (approx. 3.8 miles away Mohican Blessing Fountain (approx. 3.8 miles away in New York); Sgt. Glenn R. Allison (approx. 4.3 miles away); Sergeant Edward J. Burns (approx. 4.3 miles away); Veteran of the Year (approx. 4.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pittsfield.
Also see . . . Hancock Shaker Village. (Submitted on June 14, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 14, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 261 times since then and 75 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 14, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.