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Old Sturbridge Village [MA]

Old Sturbridge Village, which depicts New England life between 1790 and 1840, is one of the largest living history museums within the United States. Covering 200 acres, the site includes 59 historic buildings and three water-powered mills. Buildings range from residences and trade shops to a local law office. Animals on site include sheep, pigs, and heritage-breed turkeys. The museum collections include more than 60,000 artifacts.

The village offers orientation tours, period rooms, exhibits, costumed interpreters, demonstrations, hands-on history activities, educational programs, outreach programs, a children's summer camp, Scout programs, custom teacher workshops, picnic sites, food for purchase, and boxed lunches by advance order. Wheelchairs are available upon request, and a sign language interpreter can be present given at least two weeks advance notice. More than half of the structures allow for wheelchair entry. A guide listing accessible and partially accessible sites is available on the website. Reservations for teacher workshops must be made at least four weeks in advance. The website also offers a virtual tour; an extensive database of research, historic documents, and historic images; historic recipes; pre- and post-visit activity suggestions; curriculum plans; and children's activities.

 
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