Begin your journey through time at a rural New England town of the 1830’s set on over 200 acres in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. More than 40 original buildings from the time period make Old Sturbridge Village the largest outdoor history museum in the Northeast.
Among the authentic structures that bring the village to life are homes, meetinghouses, a district school, country store, mills and shops of numerous craftsmen. Guests at the village can meet and speak to history interpreters dressed in authentic costumes with opportunities for role-playing, talks, walks, and performances. A new kid story learning gallery in the visitors center is a delight for children ages 3-10 and their families.
No admission is required to dine at Oliver Wright Tavern at Old Sturbridge Village located at the entrance to the museum. Daily dining and Sunday brunch are available. Another dining option located on the Common within the Village is Bullard Tavern that serves a delicious menu of traditional New England fare. The Lodges at OSV and the Museum Gift Shop and New England Bookstore are area favorites.
The Old Sturbridge Village is located about an hour west of Boston at the intersection of I-90 (Mass. Pike) and I-84. Call 1-800-SEE-1830 for admission and detailed information. Daily bus service to the Old Sturbridge Village is available from Boston, Worcester, New York, and Hartford on the Peter Pan Bus Lines. For details on transportation and admission packages, please call 1-800-343-9999.
A fine example of late eighteenth -century architecture is the Worcester Art Museum. The museum, dedicated to the promotion of art and art education since opening in 1898. You will find artistic treasures spanning 5,000 years that include works from ancient Roman mosaics to contemporary art. One of the highlights at the Worcester Art Museum is the Jim Hodges “Don't be afraid,” a 67-foot-long collaborative mural.
The phrase “Don't be afraid” is showcased in the native languages, represent the member countries of the United Nations. The Worcester Art Museum highlights a diverse blend of artists in its rotating exhibits. Among the exhibits scheduled to appear is Rococo: French 18th-Century Prints. The exhibit will feature works of combining etching, engraving, aquatint, and mezzotint in lavish color prints that represent the art of intaglio printmaking.
By Melody Schubert