WEST SPRINGFIELD – Storrowton Village Museum celebrates the beginning of its summer season June 14 by offering a free day of tours for the whole family from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Village will be bustling with activity for Opening Day, including guided tours through the historic buildings and costumed interpreters teaching what life was like during the 19th century.
Join in the tradition with early American activities such as cooking over the open hearth in the Gilbert Farmstead, tending the forge in the Blacksmith Shop and learning lessons in the one-room Schoolhouse. Demonstrations on the Village Green include Green Wood Chairmaking by Christopher Nassise of North Easton, Mass. and Early American Broom Making by Broom Squire Bob Aborn of Ellington, Conn.
See and touch a variety of historic artifacts of the 19th century including an authentic straw mattress with a rope foundation, cooking utensils, blacksmith and tradesman tools and quill pens. Aunt Helen’s Herb Garden, an oasis of botanical plantings, will feature a costumed interpreter throughout the day to teach visitors herbal folklore and remedies.
Picturesque Storrowton Village is made up of 12 authentic antique buildings including a Meetinghouse, Schoolhouse, Blacksmith Shop, the Eddy Law Office, the John Potter Mansion complete with a General Store, and the Gilbert Farmstead, all located on the grounds of Eastern States Exposition, in West Springfield, Mass. A knowledgeable staff of costumed volunteers is on hand to guide visitors through the Village and answer questions.
Storrowton Open House tours continue all summer long, June 17 through Aug. 22 with guided tours for individuals and groups Tuesday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children younger than 6. Members of groups such as the Massachusetts Teachers Association and AAA are eligible to receive an admission discount.
For more information about events offered during Storrowton Village’s summer season, call the Village office at 205-5051 or visit TheBigE.com