1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, off Route 20Sturbridge, MA, 01566Phone: 508-347-3362Toll-Free: 800-733-1830
Living museum sends visitors back in time to life in a 19th-century New England village
Almost every kind of 19th-century activity or craft you can imagine is represented in the homes, shops, mills and other historic buildings at Old Sturbridge Village. The 200-plus-acre site re-creates an 1830s New England village, welcoming visitors inside its circa 1819 schoolhouse, 1796 Friends meetinghouse, Greek-Revival bank, 1810 blacksmith shop and other buildings (there are 40 in all), as well as extensive gardens and a farm with heritage-breed pigs, cattle, sheep, pigs and chickens. Costumed historians demonstrate everything from barrel-making and printing to cooking on a heart and preparing wool for spinning. There are exhibits on everything from tools and textiles to beekeeping as well as hands-on activities, games and presentations on early New England village tasks and everyday life.
Clara Barton Birthplace Museum
66 Clara Barton RoadNorth Oxford, MAPhone: 508-987-2056
The first home of one of America's most famous women and the founder of the American Red Cross. Exhibits feature Barton's career and history, in addition to family memorabilia.
Hours: June 1-August 31, Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; September, Saturdays only, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $6; seniors, $5; children age 6 to 12, $3.