Earlier today I headed out with my cousin and his family to check out the Old Sturbridge Village. They have family passes and asked me if I wanted to tag along. Having my new fujifilm X-E2 which I need more practice with, and the fact that they are awesome people of course I said yes. Given the ups and downs of this winter's weather we were very fortunate as it reached about 45 degrees today.
Yesterday was 25.
I've been to the Old Sturbridge Village several times growing up and also a few times after college. Its one of those places that you can easily spend a full day wandering around and exploring. Its an old colonial village with tons to see. They employee staff to work year round and others for larger events. I've been there for the battle with the redcoats and also in the middle of their busy season. There are literally hundreds of people, actors, working there playing out their roles in the village while also sharing a lot of educational information. So, as you can tell already its not just a place to go for a long stroll. There are real farms there that are tended to, real livestock, real colonial props as well as newer versions. It is as if you wandered into an old village.
Its currently the winter so its not as full and alive as it is in the warmer months, but there is still plenty to see. There are schools, churches, mills, blacksmith and shoe making building and a lot more.
So we arrived.
Once inside there is a sort of lobby area where you pay for your passes and can pick up maps an brochures. To the left there is a child play area which has a lot of fun educational things for children to play with. Bathrooms are conveniently nearby.
On the other side of the building starts the trail to the Village.
We then hopped on a horse pulled trolley. It took us around the path while the conductor told us some more about what we were passing.
We then continued exploring the Village. We first stopped to visit the shoe maker.
We then stopped by the school.
Then we headed to the pottery Shop.
We continued down the path and came across these two guys working on building a fence.
We then visited one of the village homes.
Next we visited the blacksmiths.
As we walked around we passed this mill.
We continued on the path and came across the river.
This is a covered bridge to get to the other side.
This is another bridge that leads you to one of the other entrances to the Village.
That's the term I was looking for before. "Costumed historians"
Next we visited the Tin shop.
And, of course, we visited the town store.
And this is where my little cousin found one of his favorite things. A train!
Happy with his new toy we continued on. This is another class room primarily where plays and other functions were held for the town folk.
After walking a little more we decided to call it a day. The clouds were rolling in and we were all a little tired. What a fantastic visit.
Please note that what I shared today is only a fraction of what you can see there. If you are in the MA area this is a must place to visit. There is plenty to see, tons of things for your children to learn and do and no two visits will be the same.
I'm looking forward to going back again in another couple months.
Hope you enjoyed the photos.