Old Sturbridge Village…Simple Machines

Image of a Simple Machine at Sturbridge Village

Photo by Laurel Thorndike

I had the pleasure of accompanying my son’s third grade class on a recent trip to Old  Sturbridge Village in search of simple machines.

The class was reminded to be on the look out for simple machines and how they were used to make peoples lives easier, and to think of how these inventions relate to the things we use today. Old Sturbridge Village is a wonderful example of what life as an early 19th c.  American  family would be like.  It is divided into three distinct areas: the Mill Neighborhood, the Countryside, and the Center Village.

We had no problem finding these simple machines everywhere. The Blacksmith Shop, Gristmill, and Cooper Shop were the obvious ones. But we could find them among the farmers and common folk too!

There is a picnic area so you can pack a lunch and enjoy the grounds. This is an outdoor walking tour, so plan for good weather. And about 4 hours or so with a lunch break and a group of energetic youngsters!


About Laurel

Laurel Thorndike is our "artist in residence" here at We Love Museums. "Lately I have been experimenting with a very illustrative style. Using images & feelings as a writer would use words to bring characters "to life" Suggesting a possible story or building from existing ones." Inspiring artists & art periods include Art Nouveau's Alphonse Mucha and Maxfield Parrish. Pre-Raphaelites such as Waterhouse, Holman Hunt, Leighton. Portrait painter's John Singer Sargent and Julio Romero de Torres. Symbolists such as Jean Delville and Carlos Schwabe. In 2001 she studied photography with nature photographer Patrick Pacheo Zephyr. She immediately fell in love with using the camera to 'paint with light'. Using natural light to create a picture full of emotion from something as ordinary as a reflection in a small pond or a lone tree on a hill. In 2014 she attended the 'Illustrator Master Class' at Amherst College, A one week intensive with the instruction of some of the finest illustrator's in the country! Her works have been shown at the juried Art On The Mountain show 2004 & 2005 Wilmington VT and the Northeastern Fine Arts Juried Exhibition at the Green Trees Gallery Northfield MA 2005. As well as at various galleries and art fairs throughout New England. Her work can be viewed and purchased at: www.LaurelThorndike.com.

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