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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  • This village is amazing. Set amoung mazestic trees with lots of shade on a hot day, strolling through the streets was wonderful. The buildings are impressive and well staffed with actors depicting dai...  more »
  • wonderful experience - great historical highlights - characters re-enacted the past so well making us believe we were actually experiencing that time in history - beautiful setting - loved it  more »
  • My wife and I visited Old Sturbridge Village recently along with our 11 year old granddaughter. We spent the entire day and were among the last to leave at days end. If you follow their suggestions th...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Authentic 1780's - 1820's village. Very cool place to walk around and observe the different crafts, ways of life, and buildings of the time period. The pathways are mostly dirt and some buildings have been made accessible for wheelchair access. The demonstrations vary as some are very interactive and others are just reading signs. Most of the presenters are engaging even to the children. The Bullard Tavern is about midway and has a lunch if you plan it accordingly and the prices are reasonable. Plan to spend the day and wear comfortable shoes and prepare for the weather since a lot of it is outside. Disappointing that they charge extra for the coach rides, boat ride and stagecoach though. The movie is even more.
  • We had a great experience than expected. Many of the "shops" have working demonstrations giving us the details as an attempt to help us visualize how it was back in 1800s. Every one of the "resident" was very very polite and enlightened us with the history. Definitely would love to go back again in Fall and Spring.
  • Really enjoyed going to the Village with my family for brunch. The room is huge who knows when it was built you feel like you were transported back in time , so it can be loud, but the food was outstanding, fresh, the wait staff so accommodating, with Arron, at our table and manager Kim checking in and making sure our visit was everything we hoped. Best brunch around with family atmosphere, great job folks. We will be back and highly recommend.
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