Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge

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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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  • We visited Old Sturbridge Village & attended their Candlelight Christmas. A light dusting of snow gave everything a magical glow. We visited many old homes, tasting hot apple cider & cookies. We enjoy...  more »
  • We visited Old Sturbridge Village the second weekend in November, so it wasn't crowded and it was just a delight. My husband is a native New Englander and had been to Sturbridge a few times before, bu...  more »
  • We walked a lot and saw lots of houses, farms, orchards and businesses in a rural village setting, with many constumed people reenacting the lives of typical residents in the early 1800s. Businesses included a general store, bank, sawmill, gristmill and another mill, a working blacksmith and a working farm. There were animals too, sheep, pigs, cows, horses, and chickens. Four houses in a row showed how raw wool, cotton or linen became thread, cloth, dyed, woven fabric, then a quilt. By one of the exits, there was a great herb garden, very well labeled, which categorized the plants by their uses. I took a lot of pictures to inspire me with my own garden. Although we had been before, we had forgotten a lot and it was still very interesting and educational. I would definitely recommend it for families.
  • First time visiting since I was in grammar school. Took my anthropology hubby and my highly-inquisitive teenaged daughter. We had lots of questions and the hosts were happy to share. Beautifully kept grounds and buildings. Love that it's a working village. The place will change from season to season, so it is always interesting. The stations with games to play was especially fun for us. If going on a hot day, make sure to have plenty of water with you, as most buildings don't have ac or fans. The cafe was nice. The food was good but pricey. We spent about 4.5 hours there and saw most of the place. Missed out on the wooded walk, unfortunately.

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