Old Sturbridge Village

Took a little “leaf peeping” trip this past weekend over to Connecticut. After driving the Heritage trail we ended up in Sturbridge MA, town just across the CT border. I’ve heard of this place, but never visited it before. It is a village representing a new england town in the 1800’s, reminds me of a smaller version of Williamsburg.

All the buildings have been moved here from other states in new england and have been restored to their original condition. Volunteers can be found in most of the buildings and are happy to provide insight into the lives of the inhabitants during the 1800’s.

Volunteers dress in period clothing
This gentlemen is making pottery as it was made long ago.
Forging tools for the time.

In the 1800’s folks did not drink water from the local rivers and streams because it usually made them sick. While visiting a tavern, I assume mostly in the winter, drinks were heated by placing a metal rod in the fireplace and then when it was hot they would dunk it into a pitcher. This gentlemen gave us a demonstration and it is amazing how fast the liquid get hot (see below)

heated beverage
Villagers were farmers and raised animals. They worked their farms spring, summer and fall. In the cold months the many trades were completed i.e. coopersmith, pottery, looms etc.

There is one covered bridge in Sturbridge. I’ve often wondered why they would cover a bridge…it was to protect the trusses and decks from the snow and rain to prevent rot.

While I didn’t capture any great vistas, the trees were showing off their autumn colors.

Published by Judy Lindo

Hello. Nice to meet you, well virtually anyway. I love being outdoors whenever possible, I enjoy making photographs, be it a flower, a landscape or some street photography...it is my escape and my right brain nurturing. The purpose of this blog is to share with you moments I have enjoyed, places I have visited and images that I hope will bring a smile to your day. Feel free to comment, sign up for email notification of my posts or email me. Thank you for visiting

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