Here in central Connecticut, we are fortunate to have a wonderful way to escape into the past. Old Sturbridge Village (in Sturbridge, MA) offers us a tangible link to a rural New England town from the 1830s. This was a time when Americans must have felt very good about themselves. They were growing crops, raising animals, turning abundant raw material into material goods and trading with people from other parts of this country and other parts of the world. You can say what you want about their methods, but they were a resourceful people. More importantly, the very resourceful people at Old Sturbridge Village have worked to preserve this history for us, for over 70 years.
Last Friday, my daughter and I visited OSV to take part in their annual Christmas By Candlelight event. During this event, we were able to walk through the dark streets, aided only by lanterns placed at the side of the road. We saw and toured the various buildings that make up the village, and we got a glimpse of what life might have been like almost 200 years ago.
I have written about OSV before. We are members, but we don’t go there often. Well, we don’t go often enough. I say that because every time I visit, I enjoy myself and I discover something new.
The images in the gallery are keyed to the Village Map, in case you want to follow along. The images aren’t in order because we didn’t walk in order. We flitted from side to side like children – “ooh a door, ooh a door, ooh a fire, ooh another door.” Also, although I don’t usually do much editing, I did some this time. This event was crowded (that’s a good thing) and that meant that I had to snap a picture of a door when I could, ‘cuz they were open a lot and people were going in and out. I found that if I looked like I was trying to get a picture, some people would wait, but it didn’t seem fair to ask them to do that.
I hope you enjoy the doors of Old Sturbridge Village. I am certain that I will visit again and get pictures of doors when more of the Village is open and maybe the sun is out.
As always, this post is part of Norm Frampton’s fun series: Thursday Doors. Click over to see Norm’s door. Click the blue linky thing on his page to see all the other doors and to add your own. Any door will do, and you have until noon Saturday.