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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  • October 4, 2017
    This was my first visit there. It's much like Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia except it portrays the 1830's. We went on a Sunday morning. No crowds. All the "characters" were friendly and helpful. V...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    Great place to see historic buildings in a village setting with live enactments of such early 19th century as broom making, shoe shop, pottery kiln/shop, tin smith shop, general stores, farm, and etc....  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    My sister and I went this past weekend and had a great time. It wasn’t crowded at all (the weather was dreary) so it was easy to get into all the buildings. The animals were adorable. We also rode the...  more »
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  • June 15, 2017
    Always enjoyable! My husband and I were married here. It has been 18 wonderful years and we still visit regularly. I notice new details every time I go. Our children love the hands on exhibits and enjoy interacting with the costumed interpreters. One of my favorite places!
  • July 2, 2017
    An interesting walk through life as lived in a rural New England area in the 1830's era. We spoke to many of the guides, who were dressed in period clothing and were able provide much insight about how people of period spent their typical days. It was also interesting to see how water power was harnessed to run grinding mills and saw mills.
  • July 3, 2017
    Another wonderful day at OSV. Weather was perfect and picturesque. We were there to watch a performance of Big River and it was extremely well done. Many things going on during the fourth with fife and drum playing to an old fashioned baseball game. Bring the kids and enjoy the day.
  • May 30, 2017
    Great place to take your kids to learn about old ways and how people used to get by, great area for walks, picnics and more. Lots of things to do while you are there. The entrance fee is a bit steep, but they let you come back again the next weekend I believe (or the next day possibly). Food is relatively cheap inside there, but it would also be nice to bring with you a picnic basket.
  • June 5, 2017
    Defiantly an amazing experience to see what it's like to live in the early 1800's look like. It's a living museum with paid actors doing old fashion trade skills. Very photo worthy (yes flash photography) just be aware of the entrance fee!!

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