Posted by: history591seventeen | June 10, 2007

Old Sturbridge Village is a GREAT Place to EAT!


Today was unbelievable!  We went to Sturbridge Village which was placed in rural New England; the time period we were experiencing was 1790-1840.  This village was like a working farm.  There were people all over the village working at their trade. 

First we went to the sawmill.  This was a working water driven sawmill.  We were able to see the gentlemen actually cut logs.  They had to set the log into the “dogs” correctly and then the machine itself would feed the logs into the blade.  The men stood by and just watched it.  Then we visited the blacksmiths.  We were able to watch them make pot hooks, which they both made easily. Then we went to the shoe shop and watched a gentleman making shoes.  He said that he would be paid in hard money (cash) 25 cents a pair; he could make four pairs a day, thereby making $1 each day.  That would have been some pretty good money from what we have seen elsewhere this week.  We also stopped in on the potter.  He was making pots out of the clay that was found on his land.  Everything had a use in this time, even clay. 

However the best thing we did today was when we returned to the Education Center where we made our own meal.  I must be honest.  I was not looking forward to this at all.  We were placed in groups and each group was given a kitchen to cook in with the materials we needed to make our dishes, and a huge fireplace.

  We made stuffed chicken, long rolls, butter, applesauce and Washington Cake.  Our instructor said we needed to get the chicken cooking first.  Remember, this is hearth cooking, so the chicken was stuffed and placed on a skewer and placed inside a rotisserie to bake.  The chicken was then set at the bottom of the hearth, close to the fire, not in it.  The chicken had to be rotated every10 minutes.  Needless to say, after each group cooked their food, we all came together and had a wonderful meal!  I don’t know if it was just because we were hungry or if it was because of all the fun we had in making it.  This was an impressive experience for all of us.      



  1. Too cute! The Tea-cher Party, you are too clever. Thanks so much for the help.

  2. You are so welcome.

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