After leaving the crowded parking lot, we were welcomed in the Visitor Center. This was a no admission charge visit- sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation. This also was the last Friday of FREE FUN FRIDAYS before so many school aged children began the new school year. So many families learned about New England village life long ago! We all left the 21st century Visitor Center and found ourselves in the village where every day life used different methods to get every day tasks done. It was set in about the 1830's time period. What a treat to learn American History by having FuN!
|A Lady dyeing yarn the color Yellow using Goldenrod flowers!|
Then onto the Freeman Farmhouse to learn about making Cheeses. In the summer the extra milk on the farm was used to make Cheeses. Any Cheeses that the family does not use can be sold to the Knight Store. At the store a store ledger is kept to record this sale as a Credit. The family could purchase needed items at the store that they did not make themselves using this Credit. They could also make a purchase by having a Debit on the family's account. The Cheese (& Butter in cooler weather) could be sold by the store's owner in Boston. Families living in the city would not be making Cheese. The store owner would be purchasing items in Boston that were imported- like Tea & Spices to sell back to families in the village.
|A Lady making Cheese!|
Then onto visit the Shoemaker who was busily working on a shoe while sitting on his Cobbler's Bench.
|Shoemaker working on his "Cobbler's Bench"!|
|So many objects to purchase!|
There are so many fascinating areas to visit in Old Sturbridge Village. We made our way to a few of them. The Bake Shop makes yummy Oatmeal Cookies! Many people were smiling while eating Chocolate Chip Cookies, too!
If you ever have the opportunity to go back in time to the 19th century, stop in to Old Sturbridge Village in Central MA. I've given you only "a snapshot" here of rural American life in the Northeast around the 1830's. This is a great place to visit! In the Fall the Cider Mill will be working!