Old Sturbridge Village is one of several living museums throughout Massachusetts and includes a working farm, three hydro-powered mills and almost 60 vintage buildings. A cast of interpreters in full costume roam the village, interacting with visitors to help gain an appreciation of New England life as it was some 200 years ago. The village is an incredibly popular attraction for tourists and armchair historians, as well as a major field trip destination for area schools.
The grounds are separated into three distinct areas, each providing a unique glimpse into various aspects of the life of early American settlers. The Mill Neighborhood consists of several commercial buildings, including a sawmill and gristmill, centered around an onsite millpond to generate power. Several farms, buildings and shops, including a blacksmith, school, pottery shop and covered bridge, are located in Countryside. Lastly, The Center Village, as one might expect, is the hub of town with a public green at its core. Visitors to the latter can visit several vintage meetinghouses, a tin shop, law office, bank and more.
The village is open year-round, but hours vary depending on the exact time of year. Free parking is available. The village is located on Route 20 in Sturbridge, Massachusetts and is accessible via I-84 and the Mass Pike (I-90). Via public transportation, the Peter Pan Bus line operates direct drop-off and pickup services at the village with connections in Hartford, Boston and New York City.