A beautiful structure constructed from Milford granite and inspired by the Merton College Chapel in Oxford, the Bancroft Memorial Library is famed not only for its lovely collection of books but also for the intricate details in the building itself. The ceiling boasts a wonderful medley of exposed beams and intricate carvings while the walls are lined with classic photographs of iconic people from yesteryear. The amazing collection of antiques, and dark and spooky corners add to the special touch in this storybook library. The library is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00p to 8:00p, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00a to 5:00p, Fridays from 1:00p to 5:00p and Saturdays from 10:00a to 2:00p.
Tantiusques is an open space reservation and historic site owned and managed by The Trustees of Reservations. This area is known for its old and defunct graphite mines. The word "Tantiusques" means "the place between the two hills" which is a perfect description of this site. This forest area is full of hickory and red maple trees with mountain laurel plants found in some parts. A 19th-century house of a mine worker is also found within its 57-acre (23.06 hectare) stretch. Listed on the National Registrar of Historic Places, it is a great choice for your next outdoor trip in Sturbridge.
Taylor Brooke Winery in Woodstock creates a wide selection of white, red and dessert wines to please any wine-loving palate. Many wines are created with the seasons in mind, so enjoy a tasting of Summer Peach, Autumn Raspberry or a Late Harvest Reisling. These wines are served up at some of the region's best restaurants and you can pick some up at local retailers or directly from the winery, so stop on by! Don't be alarmed by Zima, the wine-enthusiast dog who may greet you on your journey to the Taylor Brooke Winery.
The Moore State Park is 400-acres (about 162-hectares) of dedicated outdoor and open space. The park is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The gorgeous landscape at Moore State Park includes several historic sites, like remnants of former saw and gristmills, and is also home to some of the most beautiful azaleas and mountain laurel in Massachusetts. Bask in the natural beauty and indulge in recreational activities like canoeing, fishing, hiking and cross-country skiing for a memorable time.
Old Sturbridge Village has been a staple for school children and families in New England since 1946. This 200-acre (81-hectare) living history museum features beautiful grounds with buildings transported to Sturbridge, Massachusetts from all around the Northeast. The tours of the property begin at the Visitor Center, where visitors can see special exhibits and videos about life in early 19th-century New England. Within the buildings, historians dressed in period costumes explain the origins of the structures and their role in the community. There are over 40 buildings on the property, including a schoolhouse, gristmill, smithery, bake shop, law office, printers and typical 1830s-style homes. There is an on-site restaurant, the Oliver Wight Tavern, where one can enjoy lunches or brunches on the weekends.
Westville Recreation Area, situated by the Westville Lake, is a place to be if you want to hike on scenic trails amidst lush greenery, have a barbeque party with friends and family, or spend a night camping by the lake under the starry skies. This beautiful recreation area is an important part of the city and is visited by many to breathe fresh air and get away from the hustles and bustles of their daily lives. Visitors can indulge in activities like boating, fishing and biking during the summer months and also sledge, ski, and play in the snow during the winters making it a year-round recreational spot. You will find people of all ages having a fun outing on your visit to this beautiful place at any time of the year.
Calvinistic Congregational Church is steeped in history and is now home to the Faith United Parish. This parish is a collaboration of two which began in the year 1967. Its architecture is that of the Romanesque style and the church tower and spire are iconic landmarks on the streetscape.
The Knowlton Hat Factory, built in 1872, became the largest women’s hat factory in the world, turning a local handicraft into a profitable industry. The factory, occupying an area of 52 acres (21.04 hectares), continued with business till the mid 1970s. Today, the Hat Factory is being used for housing, while much of the worker village still remains. The factory was added to the National Historic Register in 1982.
Nestled within the sprawling campus of Atlantic Union College, the Founder's Hall was built way back in 1883. It is a fine example of the Gothic-Queen Anne style of architectural design. In 1980, this historic structure featured in the National Register of Historic Places.