Fall is moving fast! Connecticut leaves have not been that impressive this year with the warmer than normal and recent rainfall giving way to leaves falling faster than expected.
I decided to try to push in some last minute fall fun and visit Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Massachussets. As a Connecticut resident, you can enjoy this historical place FREE every Saturday in November. Yes, wiith ID you and your family can enjoy Old Sturbridge Village free thanks to the generosity of The Knowlton Family generosity. Click to read more here. Knowlton Family Free Days
Old Sturbridge Village always brings me back to my elementary school days. It was everyone’s field trip experience for social studies at some point. I am sad that more field trips do not take place farther from our schools. With budget cuts and not wanting families to have to put out much money, it is understandable why. I just feel sometimes right over the boarder there are some many enriching places to see! By all means, take your family before the weather gets too cold.
We enjoyed the Printing House, demonstrations in the Tin House and Blacksmith House. Clydesdales were bringing visitors all around the venue as a tour guide gave historical information about each area. Of course my son found the general store and old fashioned candy pretty fast! We also saw a wedding party and the tavern was getting ready for their reception. Plenty of boy and girl scouts groups were their and families learning about life in the 1800’s.
The one demonstration they did have ( they posted it several places so visitors were aware if they did not want to view it) and we missed was the slaughtering of a sheep. Kinda glad we missed it! We were able to join in afterwards in the kitchen and hear how the women during this era prepared and utilized every inch of the carcass. All the animals and food grown in the gardens on the property are used for hearth cooking demonstrations and classes so nothing goes to waste and it is all done in a humane manner.
I wanted my son to be able to visit while he is still young and would be interested. He enjoyed watching the demonstrations and exploring the property. So you have 3 more Saturday’s to take advantage of the free admission. Just be sure you have ID that proves you are a Connecticut resident. Enjoy!
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
October 29 – November 26
CLOSED Mondays & Tuesdays
Open Wednesdays – Sundays
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
November 27 – December 1
December 2 – 23
Open evenings for Christmas by Candlelight only:
December 2 & 3, 8 – 10, 15 – 17, 21- 23 | 3:00 – 8:00 pm
Hours Vary Seasonally