We hopped into our time machine and spent 4 hours this past weekend at Old Sturbridge Village. We met some very nice towns people and chatted about what life was like before television, automated bank machines, and cell phones.
We saw some blacksmithing, pottery making, and musket firing. We also got a good look at the inside of a sawmill, a cobbler's shop, a bank, an old school house, a general store, and lots of other interesting snippets of everyday life back in the 1800s.
These were hardy folks that lived back then. It was not a time of fast food, sit-coms, and disposable anything. It was a time of small communities, crafts, robust trade, and physical work. However, it was also a time when mechanization was starting to emerge to reduce some of the tedium of everyday labor.
If you are looking for a change of pace this summer, load up the car, get directions from MapQuest, head out to Sturbridge, and step back in time to see how folks lived in days before SUVs, cordless power drills, and Sony Playstations. We think you'll have a great time!