The Old Sturbridge Village is a living museum that is located in Sturbridge, Boston, recreating live in rural New England. It is considered as one of the largest living museums. The region was inhabited by Nipmuck people, of which the Old Sturbridge Village is a part of.
Earlier the land was a farm owned by David Wight, which included sawmill, millpond, and gristmill which does survive to this day. With the establishment of a spectacle shop in Old Sturbridge Village, started by George Washington Wells, it became a site for American Optical Company.
With the expansion of the business, they managed to open a shop for antiques with more than 45 rooms full of antiques, much beyond to grow than a single man’s hobby. Later on, the hobby was set as a Historical museum ready to exhibit all of its collections and artifacts.
Today the Old Sturbridge Village has changed the way it presents its history. It engages its visitors in a more personal and interactive way and also does encourage them to participate in their activities.
The museum exhibits more live history such as baseball games, wintertime ice rink, and other celebrations of events for their visitors on Boston travel. Certain exhibits are designed such that they help in raising public awareness related to historic breeds of livestock and sustainable agriculture.
Today Old Sturbridge Village has over forty structures that have either been restored or relocated from other places such as New England. Others may also have been authentic reconstructed structures. Basically divided into three sections like the center village, countryside and mill neighborhood, each reflecting a different part of history.
The center village representing the center of town and countryside representing the outlying farms and shops and mill neighborhood representing the commercial structures relying mostly on the millpond as the major source of their power.
Old Sturbridge Village Address
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, Massachusetts 01566
Tel: (508) 347-3362
Old Sturbridge Village Hours:
Regular Hours: Open Daily
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Museum hours are subject to change without notification and may be different during different months.
Visit its website below for more info.
Ticket Information for Old Sturbridge Village:
Seniors (65 and over): $18.00
Youths (3-17): $7.00
Children Under Age 3: Free