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Old Sturbridge Village

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Address: 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA 01566
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+1 508-347-3362
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Sat - Sun 09:30 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

A recreated New England village, with authentic period buildings, provides...

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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A fantastic step back in time

A great day for family learning outside which allows you to experience Western Massachusetts during the 1800s. Costumed staff help you learn about their lives in Sturbridge, MA... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Wales, Massachusetts
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Wales, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A great day for family learning outside which allows you to experience Western Massachusetts during the 1800s. Costumed staff help you learn about their lives in Sturbridge, MA as farmers, blacksmiths, lawyers, cobblers, etc. My husband and I are members, and never get bored of visiting. My favorite place to visit is the farm. There is always something growing there-... More 

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Oxford, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

There was a time OSV represented 1789-1840. There was no Christmas. Now times have literally changed so that OSV can cash in on Christmas. This real New Englander and neighbor objects!!

Thank Carol C
Maryann G, Marketing Specialist at Old Sturbridge Village, responded to this review

Indeed, the holiday traditions that so many cherish today were once unknown to New Englanders. Most early 19th-century rural New Englanders did not celebrate Christmas. A few people in the cities were beginning to observe the holiday and some early forms of Christmas traditions were beginning to take hold, however. The celebration of Christmas in America rapidly started to expand... More 

Springfield, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great, comfortable walking self-tour of a working 1830's village. Those working in the homes, shops and mills have always been friendly, knowledgeable and engaging. Each visit is a little different based on the time of year and people working.

Thank ChanSpring
Sturbridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

educational. Wonderful to visit with children. Loved the horse drawn carriage & sleigh ride. It was amazing for generations to come

Thank olsonferla
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

this is was great. the people were nice. This was the first time my husband and I were here. We will be back. We enjoyed walking through the village and going into the buildings. Lots of activity for the all ages.

Thank Deborah M
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Two gals took a road trip the week after Christmas and made OSV one of the stops along the way. The day was cold and the entire place was mud. I thought there would be lots of costumed people around like in Williamsburg, but there were only a few. Christmas decorations were minimal (if any?) There was little to read,... More 

1 Thank Itsallabouttheson
New England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Never had been to Sturbridge Village until this week. It was much better than I expected it to be. Very engaging and well done. Good for all ages.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

I love taking a step back in history so I thoroughly enjoyed this. There was snow on the ground (we lucked out that it wasn't freezing cold) and we bought hot apple cider. There were Christmas carolers and several people in character. You were able to go into each building and get a real feel for what it was like... More 

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Valatie, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

We have been to Sturbridge many times over the year including trips with our children and grandchildren. This is the first time we went for their Christmas program. It was fantastic. The main houses were all open and decorated for the holidays. Samples of things like feasted chestnuts, candy, cookies, and other old time treats were given out. They offered... More 

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New Milford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

Once a year the Village is open on weekend evenings between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The buildings around the town green are open and are all illuminated by candles. It's very beautiful and there are different activities and performances taking place throughout the village.

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