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Old Sturbridge Village

1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA 01566
800-SEE-1830, 508-347-3362
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Ranked #1 of 12 Attractions in Sturbridge
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Educational Sites, Historic Sites, History Museums, Cultural
Activities: Leisure education, Dining
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: A recreated New England village, with authentic period buildings, provides vistors with an intimate view of life in the early 1800s.
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Palmer, Massachusetts
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

The first time I was here was on a school field trip. I had the best time. The actors are great and always stay in charter. We started watched the fire works here last year. They we're so so good! It's our new spot for The 4th Of July. My friend with kids go here yearly and I can't wait... More

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North Haven, Connecticut, United States
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We visited OSV on Veteran's Day. It was fairly crowded but the only place that was really noticeable was at the General Store (gift shop). I have twin 8 yr olds who are studying this time period in school this year and thought it would be a fun and educational day. I was not wrong. It was both. They were... More

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Southbridge, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

OSV is a delightful place to spend a day. Roaming about the property, you get the feeling of stepping back in time. Visiting the buildings gives you an idea just how life was in that time period. I especially like the time of day when the sheep are driven across the common to the barn at the Salem Towne House.... More

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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Having driven the distance for a day out here I was disappointed and won't return. The attraction is expensive for what there is ... There isn't a guide sheet with information on the exhibits or the order in which to visit them ... We wandered aimlessly from building to building ... Some were interesting. The only interaction with the past... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Step back to the 19th century. See how people lived in the 1800s. I went to Old Sturbridge Village while in school, it made such an impression I went back several times as an adult only to find the impression is still there. My granddaughter loved learning how people lived and worked in the 19th century.

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Jackson, New Hampshire
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88 reviews 88 reviews
40 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

From the other reviews and my memory of going as a child Old Sturbridge Village missed the mark. I think it might be because we went in the off season (Saturday. Nov. 8, 2014 Veteran's Weekend) But, there was very little interaction with the "Historical Staff" other than the Potter, Printer and Iron Smith. I remember being enchanted as a... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

This place is huge and you really feel like you are in a different time period. There is a lot to see and experience. The Actors were extremely knowledgeable and could really tell a story in a engaging way. You felt like you were in the 1830's at the same time the actors did not really engage the kids. They... More

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Groton, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Beautiful fall weather, leisurely stroll thru the village and a good meal at the tavern. Wished there had been more historic folks at the village but apparently it was past peak tourist season.

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Seaford, NY
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014 via mobile

Recently visited Old Sturbridge Village a lovely view of what life was like many years ago. Stayed at the Sturbridge Conference Center which was a lovely setting right on the lake. Two good restaurants right on the property and a nice pool/hot tub. All in all I would definetly recommend this.

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Miami, Florida
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

We visited on the last week of October, a gorgeous day in the low 50's. We had read all reviews available, but never would have thought to find so much at the village. We were thrilled with facts and history shown at every step of the long adventure. Yes, LONG so make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes for the... More

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