OLD STURBRIDGE, Vt. -- Old Sturbridge Village, the largest outdoor
history museum in the Northeast, offers visitors a full lineup of
The village consists of 40 historical buildings, including many
original 19th century structures that were brought to the museum
site from towns throughout New England.
Restorations and authentic reconstructions represent homes,
meetinghouses, a school, a country store, a bank, a sawmill, a
gristmill and a pottery, to name a few.
Costumed staff carry out the daily activities of an early 19th
century community as the museum seeks to re-create a New England
village in the 1790s to 1840s era.
Among the highlights of this summer's programs are the
following:July kicks off with an Old Fashioned Kids Fair on July 1.
Designed for youngsters ages 4 and up, the program offers
activities such as a hoop-rolling contest and nine-pin
bowling.The village's Independence Day celebration features a dramatic
reading of the Declaration of Independence, a parade and a
fife-and-drum corps.Horticulture takes the spotlight July 14, 21 and 28. Visitors
can participate in a program called Village at Twilight, where the
emphasis is on 19th century gardening. Horse-drawn carriage rides
are offered in the evenings. These activities are also offered on
Aug. 4, 11 and 18.On July 22, visitors can take part in American Music &
Merriment, a celebration of how early New Englanders made their own
entertainment through music and dance. Instructions in a 19th
century dance are given, and participants can hear the Village's
antique pipe organ.A Celebration of Craftsmanship is scheduled for Aug. 19, with
demonstrations of the almost-forgotten skills of the early 19th
century. Visitors can watch museum interpreters dye wool, forge
iron and make shoes and baskets.
Admission tickets, which are valid for two consecutive days,
cost $18 for adults; $17 for seniors over 65, and $9 for children
ages 6 to 15. Youngsters under age 6 pay no entry fee.
The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A tavern and
cafeteria are located inside the village. General information is
available at (800) SEE-1830.
There are two lodging options nearby: Old Sturbridge Village
Lodges and the Oliver Wight House. For details on lodging in the
village or to find out about special packages, call (508)
The room portions of packages are commissionable at 10%.
Old Sturbridge Village also has a Web site, at www.osv.org.