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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  • One of my favorite places to visit, especially in the fall. The museum and its staff are very informative of New England life in the late 1700s, early 1800s. There are so many interesting activities to witness during the different seasons, such as log cutting and apple cider making in the fall. They have places to eat within the museum itself too so you don't have to leave and come back. Lots of variety in what to see and do, but the museum is not so large that you can't do it in a day. A great place for all ages! I've been going to Sturbridge Village since I was little kid, and I couldn't recommend it enough. Always check the calendar before you go; the do different activities on different days, and they change the activities, events, etc. to be seasonally appropriate.
  • The Christmas By Candlelight here is a must-do event. I am lucky enough to be a participant (I'm a caroler) and everything was completely magical. My children came one night as well (they're four and six) and this is truly an event for all ages. There are demonstrations of food and crafts and dancing, as well as horse drawn carriage rides. There is also an interesting talking Christmas tree puppet named Tinsel, who seems out of place in the 1830's atmosphere but is worth seeing. Don't miss the Nativity Village and the gingerbread house contest.
  • As they say it makes history come alive. Costumed interpreters knowledgeable of the subject matter make this into many teachable moments. I'm not sure where some reviews put this at a 3 hr average but your admission not only includes the day you arrive but allows you to come back a second day - just bring your admission to the ticketing before you leave to get validated to return or trade up to a membership.
  • Always good to go here. Got to see the maple sugaring events this time. All the shops were open and the carriage ride was nice. It is always quieter in winter so I would go if you can and enjoy the peace and one on one time with the craftsman and women in the town.
  • Went for "maple days", some nice demonstrations about how to boil and process maple sap. Food was good, they had a new 'tap room' that serve speciality cocktails. The rifle exhibit was interesting. However, the focus was largely on eastern mass gun manufacturers. I would have liked to see some Springfield Armory presence.
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