An Old-Fashioned New England Christmas

Old Sturbridge Village, the largest living museum in New England, recreates life in rural New England during the early 1800s. A recent visit during the Christmas season featured wagon rides, demonstrations of period arts and crafts, and a chance to experience what life in a simpler time might be like.

Hard-working horses were the main means of transportation.
The lamplighter at his nightly job.
Chestnuts roasting on a open fire.
Candles in the windows and evergreens brighten up the season.
Muddy roads!
Victorian Singers
The Cobbler’s Shop
The Potter’s Kiln
Potters at work.
Just for fun– Dickens’ Ghost of Christmas Present.
The interior of a well-to-do home.
Windows needed heavy curtains to keep the cold out.
Oxen were vital for working the rugged New England landscape.
Visitors gathered in the church to hear songs and stories of the season.

About the author jmankowsky

I live in Central Massachusetts in the United States--a wonderful area for nature, art and culture. Using a compact camera, I celebrate daily life found here in a variety of local landscapes throughout the changing seasons.

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  1. How absolutely charming and what attention to detail – even down to the muddy road!



    1. I love studying the history of most eras, but living here I certainly have opportunities to delve into Early American Studies!

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      1. Lovely that the living museum can bring that earlier era to life for visitors too.

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  2. We have a historic site like this near where we live. It’s fun to “go back in time.”



  3. Plimoth Plantation, Mystic Seaport, the Shaker Museum…I love them all. I’m glad for my computers and easier lifestyle, but for me, there is something so wonderful about seeing simpler times, when people had so many practical and beautiful skills.



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