In the future, historical reenactments will depict 21st-century Americans as obsessed with eating water bottles and building basement iShrines to Jim Carrey. See an accurate depiction of history with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get a general admission ticket, plus a stagecoach ride and riverboat ride, at Old Sturbridge Village, located just 43 miles outside of Hartford via I-84. Youth admission to Old Sturbridge Village is $7.
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 40 original buildings allowing visitors to get an authentic look at post-colonial America. Bulk up your historical knowledge by roaming into the village's sawmill, law office, district school, and more, while demanding answers about the absence of a historical used horse-and-buggy dealership. Inquirers can listen to the historical interpreters that make the town bustle each day, from the rugged blacksmith to the farmer cultivating the fields. Along with admission to the past, you'll be able to get on one of the free stagecoach rides and riverboat rides, which are available through September 30. Check the Old Sturbridge Village website (designed to look like a 19th-century web page) for its calendar, featuring fall harvest events, historic Thanksgiving celebrations, and holiday festivities in December.
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. Step into a world where Martin Van Buren is president and gasoline is a mere $2.45 a gallon with today's Groupon to Old Sturbridge Village.
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- Getting out of the city for a day in the country, and getting out of the 21st century for a day in the 19th, is really a great way to spend the afternoon. – Erin M., Yelp
- What a glorious reenactment of lives long past. – seafloor, TripAdvisor
- I took my two kids there today and they loved the old fashioned toys they could play with, interactive stalls, horse rides, boat rides and all the activities they offer. – danish66, TripAdvisor
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.