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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
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Educational Sites
Activities: Leisure education, Dining
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Traveler Description: Old Sturbridge Village is a living history museum where costumed interpreters help visitors to experience life in a New England town of the 1830's... more »
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Rhode Island
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

We headed to Sturbridge village on a whim because neither of us had been since we were kids. It was a nice day trip but there really wasn't a lot to see, not many people there as reenactors and the whole place seemed a little run down. Still, definitely worth checking out if you're in the area.

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Springfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

I loved taking my two grandchildren to this authentic village. Such a lovely experience for us all! Derek and Isabelle had so much fun with the hands on activities. Thank you for a fabulous relaxing afternoon.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Wonderful insight into old America. Good working exhibits and knowledgeable "residents". Allow a whole day to enjoy it fully. Only down side - the cafe/tavern within the village is a bit of a disappointment.

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Bisley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Spent a full day here as there is much to see and learn. The village is spread out over a large wooded area with broad gravel and sand pathways linking the houses and other sites. Many of the buildings have guides in costume who are able to bring the place to life and who really seem to enjoy being there... More

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novato, ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

So much to see, wide paths wander through a "village" like atmosphere showing life in the colonial times. Take time to talk with docents in the various buildings - tinsmith - bakers - seamstress etc. I took a million photos here and could not get enough. Good for all ages. Farm animals as well kept as they would have been... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

I went as a kid and enjoyed it, but now it's bigger and more awesome. As a history teacher I loved every aspect and my child was engaged from open to close. It took the entire day to see everything we wanted to, and without a young impatient one I could have gone back for a few more hours to... More

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Rhode Island
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10 reviews 10 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

My husband and I decided to spend a 3-day mini-vacation in Sturbridge to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We visited this living history museum a few hours on Monday and returned on Tuesday to complete our tour. Enjoyed visiting the antique buildings, the working farms and chatting with the costumed historians, especially Rita L. Lachance at the Knight Store who knew... More

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Jacksonville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Plan to spend at least 1/2 day here if not all day. Charming old New England village. Liked the layout. Disliked the animal smells

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East Hampton, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Shy away from school holidays and to avoid crowds. We used to go on Columbus Day weekend for good photos and leaf peeping but it was crowded. This year we went a week earlier on a Monday. No crowds and more relaxed. Food concessions are a little pricey for average food fare. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the scenery.

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Talked my husband into stopping here on our way back from Shelburne Falls to New York City. Hadn't been here since I was a child and was pleasantly surprised that the village was larger & had been kept up very nicely. There's a little bit of everything here - something for everyone. Lots of old authentic houses (1830's era). These... More

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