Introduction to Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Sturbridge, Massachusetts, in Worcester county, is 17 miles SW of Worcester, Massachusetts (center to center) and 55 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. As of the 2000 census, 7,837 people lived in Sturbridge.
The earliest settlers, who arrived in Sturbridge in 1729, were from Medfield. The town of Sturbridge was officially incorporated in 1738. Alternate names were considered to christen this new town including New Medfield and Dummer, in honor of Governor William Dummer. Ultimately, the town was named Sturbridge after a town in England.
Sturbridge and Nearby Attractions
- Lucy Stone Home Site
- Spencer State Forest
- Tower Hill Botanic Garden
- Hicks-Stearns Museum
- Nashoba Valley
Things To Do In Sturbridge
Some of the museums near Sturbridge are Hicks-Stearns Museum, Higgins Armory Museum and Vernon Historical Society Museum, among many others. There are some historical sites nearby as well. The Roseland Cottage, built in 1846, is a coral-colored Gothic Revival house. The Salisbury Mansion and the Lucy Stone Home Site are also popular places to visit. Numerous parks are located nearby including Bigelow Hollow State Park, Brimfield State Forest, and Douglas State Forest. Other popular attractions indlude the Copernican Observatory & Planetarium, Holyoke Merry-Go-Round, and the International Skating Center of Connecticut.
Air transportation is available from Bradley International Airport.
Sturbridge Higher Education
The colleges near Sturbridge include American International College, Amherst College and Anna Maria College.