Old Sturbridge Village recreates a rural New England Village from the 1830s. My children were mesmerized by this step back into time. Classic New England elements are brought into one place. There is a simple Quaker meeting house and a simple white New England church building. As a child, I remember repeatedly looking through a book about New England churches that my parents owned. Visiting here was like stepping into the pictures of that book. Additionally, a covered bridge brought in from Vermont sits on the property as does a perfect New England farm.
My girls quickly identify the animals as one of their favorite parts of Sturbridge Village. Chickens roam around the farm area. Sheep fill the pastures. Cows can be seen both in the pasture and up close in the barn. According to the website, even the breeds of these animals are historically accurate to the time period. Related to animals, we learned a very interesting fact about pounds, which I had always assumed were a more recent invention of urban areas. At Sturbridge, just off the town common, there is a stone pen called the pound. When animals strayed too far from home, they were placed in the pound where the owner could pay a fine for the animal's release.