Sturbridge Travel Guide

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Sturbridge Things to Do

  • Old Sturbridge Village

    If you are in the general area do make a visit to this 'living' museum...it really is excellent.Old buildings have been brought in from the surrounding area and re-erected to create a 'village' as it would have been in the 18th and 19th centuries. You'll find farmhouses, a school, shops, workshops, a pottery, a bank and lots more.Costumed 'history...

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  • Old Sturbridge, Salem Towne House--House...

    The Salem Towne House is of outstanding craftsmanship, and the flower garden a symmetrical and formal one. There are two kitchens, an upstairs formal dining kitchen, and a downstairs one for making soap, butter, cheese, and so on. There is a formal dining room, a formal parlor, and a master bedroom, all with antique furniture from the period. But,...

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  • Old Sturbridge, Salem Towne...

    One of most prosperous citizens of the village would have been Salem Towne, Jr. who inherited his house from his father, and continued to manage a productive farm and dairy, often working with and boarding his hired labor, and who regularly furnished for the community the best of dining and dancing. This house was built in Charlton, MA in 1796 and...

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  • Old Sturbridge, Thompson Bank

    During the Jacksonian period, which began around 1830, the power of European banks centered in New York and Philadelphia was demolished in favor of local institutions that printed their own paper based upon locally held gold and silver reserves. There was no formal central bank within the United States until the formation of the Federal Reserve in...

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  • Old Sturbridge, Fitch House

    Another old home is devoted to a display of family life. Originally built in 1737 in Willimantic, Connecticut, and later restored to this location in 1939, Fitch House is a home that was expanded over the years, providing ample first floor living for a large family. Each room is restored to the furnishings and belongings typical of a middle-class...

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  • Old Sturbridge, Center Meeting House

    Originally built in 1832, this church was dismantled, moved, and reconstructed from within Sturbridge itself, yet provides a vivid example of the prototypical white church and steeple found throughout New England, and indeed a good part of the eastern and central United States. The period after the American Revolution witnessed a growth in church...

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  • Old Sturbridge, Fenno House

    Fenno House is the oldest building at Old Sturbridge, originally built in 1704 in Canton, MA, well before the American Revolution. By the period of 1830, this home, old even by standards of early 19th century, was occupied by a widow and her daughter, and was in typical fashion devoted to small in house textile production. Time devoted to this...

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  • Old Sturbridge, Bolton Friends Meeting...

    A few steps past the entrance to the village, and just down the road from the simple home, is the Bolton Friends Meeting House, is an authentic building once occupied by the Quakers in Bolton, MA. The simple lines and natural light of the all wood interior architecture are particularly beautiful and can't be missed, despite the unimpressive...

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  • Old Sturbridge, Small House

    One of the last contributions to the village is a home found nearest the entrance. The museum had difficulty finding a simple worker home from the 1830 period, since most had disintegrated or been greatly modified into a newer structure. However, in a village nearby, an intact severly deteriorated house was found that served as a architectural...

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  • Old Sturbridge, Introduction

    Old Sturbridge is a living museum of costumed locals who live and work within a village of collected and reconstructed 1790-1840 era New England rural village buildings. Originally created from a collection of artifacts owned by Albert and Cheney Wells, the museum opened in 1946 and includes some 40 carefully restored authentic period buildings...

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  • On the way to Boston....

    We took the grandkids to Old Sturbridge Village to get a feel for real American history. This was part of a trip through Massachussetts to teach what it meant to live and work at the time of the American Revolution. In Old Strubridge, we were able to see tin smiths and iron workers, bakers and politicians, basket weavers and barrel makers. There...

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  • Scarecrows

    On the green in the center of town every year for a couple of weeks before Halloween is a scarecrow contest. Take some time to browse and vote for the entries... not your typical scarecrows, but usually scenes constructed with the same care and uniqueness as a float in a parade. Different categories like kids, artist, group. Shops and restauants...

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Sturbridge Hotels

  • Comfort Inn & Suites Colonial

    215 Charlton Road, US 20, Sturbridge, Massachusetts, 01566, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Hampton Inn Sturbridge

    328 Main Street, Sturbridge, Massachusetts, 01566, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

  • Super 8 Motel Sturbridge

    358 Main Street, Sturbridge, Massachusetts, 01566, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

Sturbridge Restaurants

  • Rustic Elegant Atmosphere

    Great atmosphere in a barn like setting withchandelliers ! The horseshoe bar with club chairsis a relaxing place to chat with the bartenders andyour friends. Entrees are varied and good, heavyon the burgers with many varieties. Grilled Salmon Salad. Excellent flavors from the feta & dressing to theflaky grilled salmon. Well done.

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  • Tuesday Nite Music

    Great little English flavored pub in the middle of Sturbridge.Best butter n garlic mashed potatoes I've ever had.They pour a great Boddington or Guiness as well ! Their burgers are made from great ground beef.Excellent choices of "flavors". Bruchetta apps are fresh and well seasoned.

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  • eating in public.....

    Early American Cuisine that's mainly meat and vegetables.You can start with some Fried Green Tomatoes (just like the movie by the same name) and add in a heavy Clam Chowder, then a fresh Field Greens Salad just before the Prime Rib with Yorkshire Pudding.They do have seafood and chicken and Caesar salad and roast turkey and gnocchi.The portions are...

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Sturbridge Transportation

  • car rental

    There is no car-rental right in Sturbridge. The closest pickup point is Worcester, MA.Most of the name brands are available there (Hertz, Avis Budget, et.al.) and you can find info about them on their sponsored web sites. (for example at: www.budget.com).There are local, private transportation services (King Courier, Ruben Transportation) and a...

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  • from worcester to sturbridge

    The closest air service to Sturbridge is in Worcester,MA. You can take PeterPan Bus Lines to and from the airport and Worcester (schedule is limited but price is right) or you can use one of the taxi services (see "transport options" in website below) which will be fairly expensive or you can use some of the private transportation (Ferris...

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  • Peter Pan Bus

    Peter Pan has two drop off points in Sturbridge- one at the bus stop by the information centre which is a quick walk to Sturbridge Host Hotel. The other is right outside Old Sturbridge Village. These stops are good if you're coming to Sturbridge from the outside and want to be dropped off at the hotel where you can walk around the area for a night...

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Sturbridge Shopping

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    by ShireLass85 Written Jun 5, 2006

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    All the little shops in Sturbridge... some scream New England charm, some manage to be New Age without feeling superficisl. Sadie Green's is a small "chain" of curiosity shops if you're looking for unique books, jewelry, figurines, incense...

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Sturbridge Warnings and Dangers

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    by davecallahan Written Mar 7, 2007

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    These data are from the Sturbridge crimes stats:

    no murders in 6 years
    3 rapes per year on average
    170 thefts (shoplift,pickpocket,from unlocked cars) per year on average
    12 car thefts per year on average.

    Those numbers are pretty low for a town the size of Sturbridge with the number of tourists it has. Sturbridge is well below the national average on the crime scale. It is about a 7 out of 10 on the safe scale where 0 is dangerous and 10 is safe.

    Use common sense and caution and Sturbridge will be a safe place for you to visit.

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