A couple of weeks ago my mom and I went on a lovely trip to Maine together. On the way home, we stopped at Old Sturbridge Village — which may not be a name that is familiar to many of you, but was one of my favorite places to visit as a child. So, what’s so special about this place?
Sturbridge Village is a living museum located in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. The village is a replica of what life was like in rural New England in the early 1800s. Pretty cool, huh? The village has a working farm including free roaming chickens, baby sheep and oxen. There are over 50 antique buildings at the village. Many of these buildings were transported from their original site across New England and reconstructed at Sturbridge Village. Just to give you an example, the general store came from Vermont and took five years to reconstruct! The people working there dress in the clothing from the time period and demonstrate how things were done back then.
Sturbridge Village is just a couple hours away from my parents’ house in Connecticut. As mentioned above, I loved going there as a child. But, I’m in my late twenties now and hadn’t been to Sturbridge Village in almost two decades! Going back there was such an amazing experience. Walking through the town square makes you feel as if you are stepping back in time. You can really get the sense of what life must have been like back in the day.
This is the kind of place you need to see in person to enjoy its charm, slow down and absorb the history of it. I recorded a video so you can get a glimpse into life back in the 1800s in little New England.
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