Situated in central Massachusetts, Old Sturbridge Village is one of our nation’s largest outdoor history museums with more than 40 historic buildings and 200 forested acres.
During its 70-year history, the Village has welcomed more than 21 million visitors from across New England, throughout the United States and around the world. The Village currently provides more than 250,000 visitors annually, including 55,000 students, with an immersion into early American history through the museum’s historic buildings and landscapes, collections and exhibits, and, most importantly, interaction with costumed historians, artisans and farmers.
During a visit to the Village, visitors experience “the world” as it existed in rural New England 200 years ago. They come face-to-face with issues and concepts that transformed the everyday lives of early New Englanders, such as the rise of commerce and manufacturing, innovations in agriculture and transportation, the pulls of emigration and urbanization, and the tides of educational, political, aesthetic and social change. Visitors explore our historic houses and experience hearthside cooking; pastures where they meet our heritage breed animals; the many trade shops where our skilled craftspeople make iron tools, pottery, tinware, and coopered buckets and barrels; and our town common where we celebrate Independence Day and Thanksgiving.
Today, we live in a world challenged by technology-dependence, a lost appreciation for hard work and being neighborly, and a heightened sense of entitlement and materialism. Old Sturbridge Village reconnects visitors to 1830s values and life lessons that have never been more relevant and necessary, such as: living modestly and simply; mastering a skill, craft or trade; sharing a strong, disciplined work ethic; protecting the Earth through sustainable living; Being a good neighbor through a heightened sense of community; sharing an appreciation for the land and understanding of where and how our food is sourced; and valuing our nation’s history and applying it to ensure a brighter future.