Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge Massachusetts @OldSturbridge
We were able to explore, touch, try new things, and be part of the action at Sturbridge Village. My kids helped feed the rams, we rode a stagecoach and a much large horse drawn trolley, made homemade candles, worked with clay, pumped water and more…
Children can dress in 1830s costume during Discovery Adventures, week-long day programs (formerly called Discovery Camps). This did not occur while we were there. The weather has been cooler lately and as soon as we go to OSV the weather is back into the low 90s. It was blazing hot in the sun and the workers were all dressed in true to period clothing. I can’t even imagine how hot they were and how hot it was back then.
Old Sturbridge Village is a living, breathing, vibrant village depicting life in New England from 1790-1840. Visitors can meet historians in costume and tour 40 antique buildings, including a country store, school, and water-powered mills. The historians were able to answer questions and explain what they were doing every step of the way. There are more than 50,000 artifacts made or used in early New England includes quilts, clocks, pottery, and fine furniture.
At their 19th-century Freeman Farm, historians demonstrate farm work through the seasons: planting, harvesting, milking cows, churning butter, and cooking over the hearth. Visitors can meet their heritage breed sheep, oxen, chickens and pigs.
Heirloom gardens include a 400-plant Herb Garden and 19th-century style kitchen gardens, a children’s garden, and a formal pleasure garden.
Sturbridge, MA 01566
(through October 31)
Funny thing is – I lived right up the hill from Sturbridge Village for a couple years and never ever went there. What a great resource I missed out on all those years ago. Old Sturbridge Village has the most beautiful grounds. We stopped a few times just to hang out and enjoy nature and the beautiful scenery. It was quite relaxing. We also attended later in the day so the site was not too busy at all. I was told they were extremely busy earlier in the day – in fact the snack area was out of just about everything by the time we stopped to order something to drink. It was Sprite, Sprite or Sprite. But like I said it was a gorgeous day and hot.
If you are in the area or visiting this area – I highly recommend checking out this wonderful living history museum! Enjoy! Plan to spend a good portion of your day there. There is so much to see and so much to be a part of. Take your time and enjoy it all.
You can become a donor to Old Sturbridge Village HERE
Events for the rest of this season can be found HERE
Old Sturbridge Village is open all year round although the hours vary throughout different time periods. The full annual schedule and fees can be found HERE.
For a quick tour check out this YouTube Video
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