New England with Mandy – Old Sturbridge Village & The Bennington Museum

DAY 5 – OLD STURBRIDGE VILLAGE

I knew a visit to Old Sturbridge Village was going to be good, but nothing prepared us for the private show of the museum’s collections of quilts , curated by a brilliant guide . I’m sure you will agree the following quilts speak for themselves.

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Old Sturbridge Village is a living museum celebrating rural life in New England between 1790 and 1840. There are historical actors living life as it was then. Our day here was nothing but magical.

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We spy another quilt!

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As if our day could not get any better we found a covered bridge near our hotel. The were built to preserve the wooden bridges and are very beautiful, so were the rivers they crossed.

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DAY 6 – THE BENNINGTON MUSEUM

Today we visit the small town of Bennington and its museum. Our purpose , to visit the Dear Jane Quilt . The book to accompany this Quilt has been a best seller world wide and I have seen many copies of it , to see it in real life was special as it is only displayed fir six weeks a year.

The museum was also the home for the American folk artist Ma Moses , her whimsical paintings stole all of our hearts. We were unable to take any photographs but do look her up.

We have found all the Americans we met, so kind , polite , warm and welcoming but none more than those in the quilt shop The Joyful Quilter. They provided us with homemade lunch and arranged a local quilt group to provide a show and tell.

The following pictures are from the show and tell.

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After all that hard work and a snooze in the coach, we reach our next destination Auburn , what is now needed is a big fat burger in a diner!

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