Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge

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History Museum · Educational Site
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Experience what rural New England life was like from the 1790s through the 1830s at Old Sturbridge Village. The largest living museum in New England, it spans more than 80 hectares (200 acres) and encompasses more than 40 original buildings. Explore homes, meetinghouses, shops, a school, and a bank. The working farm features animals that would have been found here almost 200 years ago, such as chicken, sheep, oxen, and pigs. Throughout the village, staff in period costumes make crafts, garden, and demonstrate cooking techniques throughout the day. Don't miss the village's collection of Early American antiques, including firearms and glass. Choose from plenty of dining options or bring a picnic to enjoy on the grounds. Wear comfortable shoes. With our world travel planner, Sturbridge attractions like Old Sturbridge Village can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • I work in historic preservation and public history so I loved everything about Old Sturbridge Village...almost. The buildings, atmosphere, and work put into all the historical details are incredible.....  more
    I work in historic preservation and public history so I loved everything about Old Sturbridge Village...almost. The buildings, atmosphere, and work put into all the historical details are incredible.....  more »
  • This was so cool….the different homes and time period pieces…they are renovating certain areas so not everything was open… but this is worth the visit is you love history 
    This was so cool….the different homes and time period pieces…they are renovating certain areas so not everything was open… but this is worth the visit is you love history  more »
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  • We talked to the interpreter Chet who did the Apple talk today and he blew us away! He is the best interpreter ever. Chet deserves a promotion and his hat is iconic. He is a modern day Johnny Appleseed. Great museum with great staff.
  • We went in March and were able see how people who lived in the 1830's were able to collect and boil down maple sap to make molasses. All the houses were open and though the people who worked there wore masks they were not required of visitors. The village was a true village with blacksmith, saw mill, school etc. The guides were friendly and knowledgeable with the wagon ride being interesting and full of history as well. There were outhouses for visitors to see but 21 century plumbing for visitors to use. There were changing tables in the restrooms. The walking was easy and stroller friendly. The roads were sandy/gravel. A good pair of hiking shoes would be fine here. The chickens roam freely here. The cafeteria had sandwiches but there were no posted limits on outside food, the menu changes with the season so check their website before you go. Overall the experience was educational and laid back. We will be going back in warmer weather.

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