History tends to repeat itself, which means there’s a good chance you’ll get run over by another war elephant. Admire what history has taught us thus far with today’s Groupon to Old Sturbridge Village. Children under 3 get free admission to Old Sturbridge Village, and tickets for youth ages 3–17 are $7 each. Visitors who return to Old Sturbridge Village within 10 days can re-enter for free. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get an adult general-admission ticket, plus two ride tickets (up to a $26 value).
- For $19, you get two adult general-admission tickets, plus two ride tickets (up to a $52 value).
There are no purchase limits for either option.
The largest outdoor history museum in the Northeast, Old Sturbridge Village portrays the daily life of a rural New England town from 1790 to 1840, with an on-site working farm and 40 original buildings allowing visitors to get an authentic look at post-colonial America. Throughout the 200-acre museum, costumed history interpreters perform the work of a 19th century New England community: plowing fields, baking bread in a fireplace oven, and fashioning iron horse socks in the smithy. Visitors can browse antiques, tour heirloom gardens, and engage their eyes with a variety of exhibitions and events. For instance, during Textile Weekend (August 13–14), a spate of specialized activities explores women's roles as textile producers, the effect of mass textile manufacturing, and the most effective ways to build forts with blankets. Check the Old Sturbridge Village website (designed to look like a 19th-century web page) for its full calendar.
Hungry historians will find that Old Sturbridge Village has several restaurants, such as the early New England cuisine at the Oliver Wight Tavern, while picnic tables are also set up for those who prefer to nibble on homemade sandwiches. Museum patrons can jostle along on a stagecoach or riverboat ride, or occupy idle fingers with hands-on craft lessons for an additional fee (see website for full schedule). Admission also includes free parking for visitors and free sun-tanning for automobiles. Groupon customers will receive a ride voucher good through August 31, 2012 if the stagecoach or riverboat ride is not running on the day the Groupon is redeemed.
Old Sturbridge Village normally offers active military personnel with I.D. a 50% discount and guests in their party a 25% discount. Guests of second-day visitors normally receive a 25% discount.
Old Sturbridge Village
In 1935, the Wells family sought out a place to display their massive collection of New England antiquities. When they couldn't find one that was sufficient, they decided to build a museum. Since its founding, Old Sturbridge Village—a living-history museum with its own rich history—has granted visitors a chance to experience New England life in the 19th-century firsthand.
As they navigate a town and rustic countryside filled with 40 historic buildings, including an old schoolhouse, mansion homes, and three water-powered mills, visitors encounter heritage farm animals and interpreters in period costume. At regular times throughout the day, specific sites become interactive. A shoemaker cobbles a new pair of shoes, a blacksmith submerges steaming hunks of metal, and a soldier makes lifelike musket sounds with his mouth—all for the benefit of live audiences. Throughout the year, events such as cooking and craft-making classes further enhance the educational experience.