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“History Comes Alive”

Old Sturbridge Village
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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.
Venice, Florida
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“History Comes Alive”
Reviewed November 26, 2012

A day is hardly enough time to explore all the wonders of Old Sturbridge Village. Beautiful buildings, grounds and folks in character will make you want to linger and prolong your stay.

Visited November 2012
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Windsor, CT
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great every time I go”
Reviewed November 24, 2012

My husband and I go to the Village about once a year. We had our first date there and even considered getting married there! Because we decided to have the wedding closer to home, we had our engagement photos taken there instead.
First of all, we love going from house to house and talking we the staff. We always learn something new from them about the lifestyle or trade. My husband remembers staff from visit to visit. Nice to know that those that work there really enjoy what they do and they do it year after year. My favorite places to visit are the textile house where they spin the wool, the pottery house, and the farmhouse. I always like to see what they are cooking up for the day! I can't imagine having to cook everything by fire! I also love to see what baby animals are around. My husband loves the blacksmith shop.
We try to go at different times of year to experience the different events going on throughout the year. This time, we heard a bit about thanksgiving and everyone was getting ready for an afternoon wedding! Fun to hear from various people around the village about weddings. Example, at the parsonage house, he told us about courtships and laws around marriage, we ran into the groom when he was visiting the tinsmith who was going to be the best man. They talked to us about what they were going to wear, and the printer was printing purpose of marriage certificates and licenses! We missed the bride though! Never ran into her.
We are coming back in February with some friends to participate in a dinner. A small group learns how to make an authentic dinner together and then gets to eat it! Can't wait! Should be lots of fun!
We ave gone with friends with kids and they love it. There is lot for them to do and learn. Heck! My husband and I are usually playing with all the outdoor toys that are left out for visitors to try!
If you're in the area, OSV is a great place to visit.

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Chadds Ford, PA
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“A great historic spot”
Reviewed November 17, 2012

We spent a delightful day visiting Old Sturbridge Village. It is a nice an easy drive from the Boston area and it makes for a perfect day trip to a quiet and relaxing historic tourist spot. Many of the buildings had craftsmen or guides inside who were very serious about their respective roles and knowledgeable about what life was like during that time period. We learned facts we had never heard at other similar historic sites. It is a great place to visit for young and old alike. Families would enjoy it as their are many things to captivate the interest and imagination of children. In fact there were several school field trips the day we were there. If you don't enjoy visiting though with large groups of children running around, however, you might wish to call ahead and ask what trips are scheduled for the day. Would highly recommend this as a place to go if you are visiting the Boston area.

Visited October 2012
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Albany, New York
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“Old Sturbridge Village with Kids”
Reviewed November 15, 2012

We visited OSV over Veterans Day weekend with a 2 and 5 year old. The Museum has a great indoor kids areas for the little ones called Kidstory (one word) and changing exhibit space in the Visitor Center. Take the time to stroll through the buildings around the commons but make sure you walk through at least one of the 2 covered bridges. You can pay a nominal amount to ride in a stagecoach or riverboat. We opted for the free carry-all that took us to the outskirts of the Village. Wear comfy shoes and avoid bringing a stroller if you can as there are no paved areas. We ate at the Tavern which was decent cafeteria style food with some regional entrees and kid friendly. We have beautiful photographs as the area is so picturesque. It's a bit pricey but a great day trip if you are looking for educational family fun while spending time outdoors.

Visited November 2012
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Thompson, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed November 15, 2012

it is very educational but if you dont like to walk the this is the worst place you could possibly go. Ther is alot of ground to cover and you have to walk it all i dont mind walking but i was beat after that.

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