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Sturbridge Village

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Old Sturbridge Village, MA - background:

Old Sturbridge Village is a "living history" attraction, bringing bygone days back to life with authentic buildings plus "re-enactors" who impersonate characters from New England circa 1790 to 1840.

Location is in Sturbridge in the center of Massachussetts. Driving time is 1 hour from Boston, 45 minutes from Hartford, 3 hours from NYC. The real-life town of Sturbridge combines high tech industry and quaint B&B's.

Old Sturbridge Village - features:

  • Forty original buildings were moved to the site to create the setting
  • Guests can explore a meetinghouse, tin shop, blacksmith shop, town parsonage, working gristmill, country store, and more
  • costumed interpreters re-enact daily life of the time, and also stage daily events
  • daily events might include Songs and Stories of Long Ago, at the Parsonage Barn; Meet the Animals; Gristmill demonstration; musket firing; join an 1830s Base Ball Game; Toy Fire Balloon Fight.
  • Special exhibits run for months at a time, such as: A Child's Life; Towne Dairy; or a house-raising project.
  • special events are staged occasionally, such as "The Redcoats are Coming", which brings hundreds of re-enactors
  • Features for families:

  • Kidstory is a special discovery gallery for children and families
  • in the Samson's Children's Museum, kids can try on period costumes and play school in an old-time schoolhouse
  • in summer, families can take a boat ride along the Quinebaug River (extra charge) or sign up for "Village at Twilight" after-hours horse-drawn carriage ride plus tavern meal and period entertainment
  • Sturbridge Village has Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas programs
  • Keep in mind about Old Sturbridge Village:

  • some visitors think the price is steep
  • the number of re-enactors on site seems to vary
  • best bet may be to check the schedule to be sure that enough activities and events are occuring when you visit
  • Find out more about Sturbridge Village:

    • See the Old Sturbridge Village site
    • check visitors' comments at TripAdvisor.com (-just enter "Sturbridge Village" in the searchbox)

    This brief profile is meant to introduce this destination to family vacationers; please note that the writer has not visited in person. Always check destination sites for updates.

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