After spending a day in Rhode Island, and three days in Portland, Maine and the area around it, we spent our final two half days in Sturbridge, Massachusetts so that we could visit Old Sturbridge Village!
My boyfriend, Daryl, came across information regarding Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Massachusetts while trying to plan our route home from our week long road trip. He said it looked like a really cool old-time town that our oldest son, Jaxon, would really like too! He booked us a room at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges, and we were set!
When we arrived, we found out that our room was actually one of the Reeder Family Lodges. The main house only has single beds, and we needed a room with two beds and a pack-and-play for the baby. The room was clean and decorated in a very old fashioned, grandmotherly way. I loved it! After we had settled in, we decided to head over to Old Sturbridge Village to check it out!
We bought our tickets at the Old Sturbridge Inn desk and were given return tickets to use the next day as well if we needed them. We also got a discount for buying them at the Inn! We decided to have lunch at the Oliver Wight Tavern at the village. There wasn’t a huge lunch menu and Daryl and I ended up getting salads, but they were very good salads! They have a kid’s menu available as well, so Jaxon didn’t complain.
After lunch, we started our self-guided tour of the village. It really is such a neat place. All the buildings were moved there from other locations and are the original buildings from the 1800’s. The sign when you first walk in says you are walking into a town in 1830. All the people who work there are in full costume, and actually working, or playing games as children would have years ago. The kids actually teach your own kids how to play the games with them. We learned a lot from the man who made things out of tin, the blacksmith, the ladies dying yarn, and the people making cheese in one of the houses. It was so hot, I have no idea how they wore all that clothing!
We made it about half way through the village the first day (we got a late start), so we headed back to finish it up the next day. I thought it would only take a couple hours but we ended up staying another 4 hours. The gift shop is huge and had a ton to choose from as well. I bought a clay mug that was made at the village and Jaxon bought some candy.
I would say that if you started early, you could definitely make this a one day kind of trip It’s a great place for kids, but also offers so much history for adults as well. I kept finding myself wishing things were the way they used to be while realizing how fortunate we really are all at the same time. You don’t really realize how much things have changed until you take a step back in time. Old Sturbridge Village lets you do just that. I would highly recommend a visit should you find yourself traveling through the area!