Sturbridge Village brings New England's past to life

STURBRIDGE, Mass. -- Old Sturbridge Village, an outdoor history museum that re-creates New England life in the 1830s, has a unique appeal in the winter.

Visitors can wander through the village at their own pace, taking in the 40-plus historical buildings scattered over 200 acres.

Costumed staff re-enact such daily activities as plowing fields, baking bread and working in a blacksmith shop.

The village is wheelchair-accessible, and a sign-language interpreter is available with two weeks' advance notice.

Lodging includes the Old Sturbridge Village Lodges and Oliver Wight House, situated near the museum.

Package rates are available.

Within the village, visitors can try the buffet at the Bullard Tavern, snack at the Pantry cafe and shop at a variety of gift shops.

Special events on tap for this winter season include:

  • The "Picture of Health: Illness and Healing in New England 1790 to 1860."
  • The exhibit is on display through Jan. 1, 2001.

  • Samson's Children's Museum, which opened July.
  • It offers hands-on learning for kids aged 3 to 7.

    Activities include a play hearth with cooking tools, a one-room school house, costumes to try on and a computer station for designing quilt patterns.

    The museum is open daily from 10:30 a.m.

  • Dinner in a Country Village.
  • Visitors can prepare and eat a 19th century dinner and play games by the fire.

    This adults-only activity will be held on various dates from 5 to 9:30 p.m.

    The dinner is priced at $60 per person; reservations are required.

    Phone: (508) 347-3362

  • Thanksgiving Day Celebration.
  • Watch dinner being prepared on a hearth and attend a re-created service in the meetinghouse.

    Offered Nov. 25 and 26.

  • Beginnings of a New England Christmas.
  • Visitors can take advantage of extended hours on Dec. 5, 12 and 19 to take in candlelit Center Village, listen to early American organ music and learn dances from the era.

  • First Night Buffet.
  • A traditional New Year's Eve dinner at the Bullard Tavern and musical entertainment are available at $26 per person.

    Seatings are at 5 and 7 p.m.

  • It's Magic.
  • Re-enactments of a 19th century magic show begin at 8:30 p.m. at the Visitor Center Theatre.

    Dates are Jan. 8, 15, 22 and 29, and Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26.

    Tickets are $10 each.

    Old Sturbridge Village
    Phone: (508) 347-3362
    Fax: (508) 347-0249
    E-mail: [email protected]

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