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The primary attraction to Sturbridge is Old Sturbridge Village, a living historic recreation of a classic New England village dating from the late 18th century to 1830, the so-called Romantic period in American national life. The 40-plus buildings collected here come from all over New England include houses, country store, meetinghouses, printing office, blacksmith shop, sawmill, gristmill, pottery, carding mill, shoe shop, and cooper shop. Together they constitute all elements of a prosperous small town of the period where the crafts and trades of the time are practiced and studied. Outside town look for Tantiusques, an open space ...

The primary attraction to Sturbridge is Old Sturbridge Village, a living historic recreation of a classic New England village dating from the late 18th century to 1830, the so-called Romantic period in American national life. The 40-plus buildings collected here come from all over New England include houses, country store, meetinghouses, printing office, blacksmith shop, sawmill, gristmill, pottery, carding mill, shoe shop, and cooper shop. Together they constitute all elements of a prosperous small town of the period where the crafts and trades of the time are practiced and studied. Outside town look for Tantiusques, an open space reservation of 57 acres situated on a site where graphite has been mined since before colonial times. There are a number of trails through the property. The 1,400 acre Wells State Park has a campground, 10 miles of trails, a beach and a picnic area, but the beach is reserved for campers. Another rare treasure is the Museum of Russian Icons in nearby Clinton. Housing more than 400 icons, it is the largest such collection in the United States.

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Stillman Rogers has written more than two dozen guidebooks, including Adventure Guide to Canada's Atlantic Provinces, Guide to Eastern Canada, and Adventure Guide to the Chesapeake.

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  • Best Time to Visit:

    The months from spring through autumn are the best for viewing Old Sturbridge Village. This is a place for strolling. It is best to plan at least a full day.