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Taverns were commonplace in early 19th-century New England and served a variety of purposes. Many taverns were stagecoach stops and a place for travelers to eat and sleep. Locals also frequented taverns to meet, talk, drink, and catch up on the news (and gossip). Taverns also sometimes hosted traveling performances. Due to their prevalence in society and some of their functions (including the service of strong drinks), taverns were relatively highly regulated. Tavern keepers had to be deemed “men of good character” in order to even acquire a license. Sabbath laws barred tavern keepers from admitting new guests on Sunday, though they could continue to feed and serve current guests. Fines for not obeying these laws began at $5-$10.
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Day 6 of #meldrumnoreastern we went into Kennebunkport and saw the Atlantic Ocean and some of the most beautiful homes. It’s gorgeous here! No wonder the Bush’s come here! Then we started our drive down from Maine through Massachusetts where we stopped at the Boston Temple & saw Harvard, then it was into Rhode Island and onto Connecticut. It was a longer day than expected with lots of traffic and terrible roads but the fun is in the adventure, right?!?! We’re knocking off lots of states on #johns50by50 bucket list and having lots of fun too! #meldrumpartyof7 #roadtrip #maine #massachsetts #rhodeisland #connecticut #newengland #familytime #familyfun

We are seeing some spectacular entries to our #FreemanFarmAtOSV Instagram Contest! There are still a couple chances to win – so keep the photos coming! Simply post your pictures (past or present and from any season) from the Freeman Farm on Instagram with #FreemanFarmAtOSV and follow us for a chance to win two free passes to the museum! We will pull two winners per month through August.
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Water table kind of day ☀️#mysunshine

“The message is spun,

I’ve come to the end.

The job that I’ve done,

Is all for my friend.”
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The Charlotte’s Web Experience runs twice daily now through August 26 (except August 4 & 5) at Old Sturbridge Village. Learn more at https://www.osv.org/event/charlottes-web-experience/
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6-year old Joshua came to the Village with his dad last week and loved exploring the grounds and asking our costumed historians all sorts of questions. Afterwards, he told his dad “I never knew history could be fun.” He also saw the Charlotte’s Web Experience and was very excited that his outfit matched Wilbur’s.
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We love hearing stories like these. When you share pictures from your visit on social media, be sure to use #OldSturbridgeVillage.
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This is Dixon, the last of this year’s calves to be born on the Freeman Farm at Old Sturbridge Village. He was born to Betsy the cow on June 30.
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No trip to Old Sturbridge Village would be complete without visiting our skilled artisans and tradesmen – including the blacksmith, printer, potter, and more! If you’ve ever been to the Village, what’s your favorite trades shop to visit?
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And that just about does it for our Instagram Takeover! Thank you to Discover Central Mass for allowing us to take over their page for the day. If you’re reading this, we hope we’ll see you in the Village soon! This is @OldSturbridgeVillage signing off. Good Day!
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No trip to Old Sturbridge Village would be complete without visiting our skilled artisans and tradesmen – including the blacksmith, printer, potter, and more! If you’ve ever been to the Village, what’s your favorite trades shop to visit?
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#artisan #craft #trades #oldsturbridgevillage #livinghistory #museum #sturbridge #village #massachsetts #newengland #igworcesterma #igmass #igmassachusetts #ignewengland #igersmass #historymuseum #history #makehistory #centralmass #daytrip #visitma #printing #blacksmithing #pottery #scenesofma #scenesofnewengland

This year, @OldSturbridgeVillage welcomed three calves on the Freeman Farm: April, Mason, and Dixon. April is the all brown one, Mason in the one next to April (he was born to May the cow and is therefore May’s son), and Dixon is the one in the second photo (swipe).
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Not only can you take a step back in time here at @OldSturbridgeVillage, you can take a ride! Take the stagecoach around the countryside on most Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during the summer. You’ll get a taste of 19th-century travel and perhaps appreciate 21st century travel a little more!
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Many modern Americans do not really know where their food comes from. Early 19th-century New Englanders, however, knew that a lot of their food (though not all) came right from their own land! All summer long, our farmers work tirelessly to tend the fields and gardens and bring in hay for the winter. Of course, they certainly don’t mind taking a break from their work to talk with visitors!
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Some pig? Some pig indeed. And some mighty fine spider too! 🕸🐷

How often is it that you can attend a theatrical program, be outside, and see live animals at the same time? Two piglets are right on site at the Freeman Farm for the Charlotte’s Web Experience, running now through August 26 at @OldSturbridgeVillage.
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