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 eventsdaily 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.