Old Sturbridge Village, Massachusetts

Last Wednesday, my friend Marcie (2 Read Or Not 2 Read) and I were tweeting about historical research when she mentioned ~ “I love books but going to historical sites is so much fun!!! Do you have a favorite?”  – Yeah, had to ask like the toughest question in the world for me to answer! LOL. I have tons of favorite historical sites! But, then I realized there was one that stood out: Old Sturbridge Village, MA.

It was a road trip with my mum back in the day. I had fallen asleep in the car as she drove us toward Niagara Falls, NY from Portland, ME. I never even heard of Sturbridge at the time, so when I woke up my mum was all Mona Lisa smiles. She had apparently spotted a road sign, but she wouldn’t give up her secrets. The next thing I know she’s navigating us to the little early 19th-century community. Well, not so little, it has 59 antique buildings, three water-powered mills, and a working farm.

I absolutely loved it! I still remember the buildings, which I used their basic structures as models for the buildings in Death Island like the inns, the grocer, and the church yard. It was also where I learned a lot about a blacksmith’s work, which is one of my characters livelihoods in the novel.

Some of my favorite hang outs in the old village are the Blacksmith Shop, the Tavern, the Tin Shop, Pottery, and the Knight Shop. The activities that take place there are fascinating! And the shops are so sweet. They even sell some of things made in the Pottery and Tin Shop. I still got my OSV Redware Inkwell after all these years.

But, it has been so long and I know I didn’t get to see the Printing Office and the Mills. So, I guess I better start planning a vacation to revisit Old Sturbridge Village along with some other historical sites. ROAD TRIP!!!!

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3 thoughts on “Old Sturbridge Village, Massachusetts

  1. Will have to add Old Sturbridge Village to my bucket list. I have so many spots I want to visit so hopefully one day I will get that chance!


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