Wandering Through Old Sturbridge Village

Covered Bridge-Old Sturbridge Village

Dusty roads, New England clapboard houses, covered bridges, sheep and pigs and oxen, cookies, candy and pictures of the past. I have written before about my love for Old Sturbridge Village, a living history museum in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. You can see those posts here and here. However many times I visit I am always happy to go again. My brother texted me last week and asked if I wanted to meet him and his family for an afternoon of wandering and chatting. I promptly canceled all my plans and took an afternoon off.

Bixby House--Old Sturbridge Village

Bixby house--Old Sturbridge Village

Old Sturbridge Village

I didn't actually take that many photos because I was busy talking to my sister-in-law and because my nephew, like most children his age, does not stay in one place for too long. The nice thing about visiting a place I have gone to so many times is that it doesn't matter if I miss things. I will always go again; probably soon because Celia was distinctly irritated that I went while she was in school. We wanted to go all summer but the summer has been so ridiculously hot that I could never muster up the enthusiasm necessary for wandering around in the heat and humidity. This day, however, was the one day of reasonable temperatures for the whole week--or maybe the whole summer.

Old Sturbridge Village

Old Sturbridge Village

I don't see a lot of my brother and his family, we live just too far apart to make getting together easy, so it was nice to spend a quiet afternoon together. Somehow, walking into Sturbridge Village, where life was slower and quieter, forces me to take a deep breath and relax. For a few brief hours, nothing mattered except following a child as he ran from place to place and chatting together. Life should be like that more often.

Old Sturbridge Village

Salem Towne House--Old Sturbridge Village

Is there a place full of memories for you that you return to again and again?

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  1. Beautiful photos! Thank you for visiting the Village - we wish you many happy returns.

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    1. Thank you. I have many happy memories from my visits to the Village.

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  2. Gosh, I don't think I've been to Old Sturbridge Village since the 1970s or 80s. I'd forgotten how beautiful it is. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

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    1. It is beautiful, isn't it? We went often when I was a child during those years. I am glad my kids love it just as much as I do.

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  3. It is really lovely looking, although apart from the house it could be in the UK. I now know what people mean when they say it's too hot to do much as it was like that here this year.

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    1. Yes, the heat can really drain all your energy, can't it? We had such a hot summer and the humidity was ridiculous. I didn't want to do anything outside.

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