Sunday, July 15, 2007

Spending the Day at Sturbridge Village

The girls and I met some friends and spent the day roaming around Strurbridge Village. Sturbridge is a re-enactment village from the year 1830. We enjoyed looking around inside some homes and visiting the many workshops and mills that were set up.

What I learned: Industry began in 1830. Farmers might have second jobs like making pottery. Most shoes were made only one way--no left and right feet. Work done at home, like weaving, was already on the decline due to the textile mills. An average worker would work from sun-up until sun-down. Most people did not have to go to college--mostly ministers. Most professions were learned through apprenticeships. There were already women teachers (although they were paid significantly less than men). Children did not have to go to school in the spring and fall. They went to school for a summer session (about 9-3) and then went during the winter (shorter days). The main meal was at our lunchtime (then called dinner).


Judy Aron said...

Hey Kim - I live about 45 minutes from there. We used to go regularly and were members.
It's a great place..
Providence Plantation is good too..

Kim said...

Hi Judy! Thanks for commenting.

It took us about 1 1/2 hours to get there. About 2 hours on the way back because I mistakenly drove through Hartford at 5:30 PM.

The family I met there is going to Williamsburg before the beginning of American history.

There are so many great, historic places on the East Coast. I'd really like to visit Boston and Philadelphia with the kids, too. Ten years in Connecticut and I haven't done much in the way of sightseeing.

Do you have a good link for Providence Plantation? A lot of websites came up when I did a search.