Reliving Colonial Times at Old Sturbridge Village Museum, MA

by Dagmar Bleasdale on September 1, 2016

Old Sturbridge Village, MassachusettsI wanted to make the most of the last 10 days of summer before Landon goes back to school, and last Friday was certainly a highlight.

We had such a wonderful time visiting the Old Sturbridge Village, an 1830s New England Living History Museum in Massachusetts!

Old Sturbridge Village

If you have been reading my blog for a few years, you might know how much I adore Colonial Williamsburg, VA.

I feel so at home there! All that history and the architecture and the simpler life — I just soak up all of it when I’m there.

Old Sturbridge Village, Massachusetts

When I found out about Old Sturbridge Village from a picture my friend Kelly posted on Instagram about the village, I was all over it.

There is a place like Colonial Williamsburg just two hours away from us?

I checked out their website and immediately planned a road trip to visit it. So last Friday, Landon and I hopped into the car and ended up being one of the last ones to leave the museum that day.

Old Sturbridge Village is the largest outdoor history museum in the Northeast. It depicts a rural New England town of the 1830s with 40 original buildings (homes, meetinghouses, a district school, country store, bank, working farm, three water-powered mills, and trade shops) on 200 scenic acres.

Visitors can meet heritage breed farm animals and interact with costumed staff.

This place is full of homeschooling families because there is so much to learn and do. Here are just a few pictures of our fun-filled day.

Old Sturbridge Village, Massachusetts

We took a boat ride on the Quinebaug River.

Old Sturbridge Village, Massachusetts

Old Sturbridge Village, Massachusetts

Landon learned how to skip rocks over the water here!

This was my favorite place in the whole village: the Asa Knight Store full of all kinds of wonderful items people in the 1800s needed and wanted.

general store at the Old Sturbridge Village, Massachusetts

This is the Blacksmith Shop.

Old Sturbridge Village, Massachusetts

You can stay over night at the Bixby House — and sleep on this straw mattress.

Old Sturbridge Village, Massachusetts

Old Sturbridge Village

Old Sturbridge Village

The farmers back then only planted vegetables that would keep well without refrigeration.

Old Sturbridge Village

Old Sturbridge Village

I watched this farmer cut hay by hand.

Old Sturbridge Village

The Tin Shop makes all kinds of funnels and lanterns.

Old Sturbridge Village

Old Sturbridge Village

If you are ever near Sturbridge, MA, I hope you get an opportunity to visit the village. They offer all kinds of events throughout the year.

1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
(800) 733-1830

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