Old Sturbridge Village traces its beginnings to the remarkable collection of early New England artifacts amassed by the Wells family of Southbridge, Massachusetts. In 1936, Albert B. Wells and his brother J. Cheney acquired 153 acres of farmland in Sturbridge, on which they built a “living village” where visitors could see craftsmen working in a variety of shops, tour furnished early American homes, and enjoy comprehensive exhibitions of the Wells family collections.
Since 1946, Old Sturbridge Village, a nonprofit organization located in central Massachusetts, has provided millions of families, students, and individuals from across the globe the opportunity to explore and be inspired by the rich history of 19th-century New England. Approximately 250,000 annual visitors, including 55,000 students, come from across New England and the world to explore farmhouses and experience hearthside cooking; meet heritage breed animals in our barns and pastures; visit trade shops where skilled craftsmen make iron tools, redware pottery, and coopered buckets and barrels.
Sturbridge Massachusetts 01566