Week 9-Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge MA

This week was very educational. I have read books like, "One Second After" and watch apocalypse movies and I always wonder how I would do or how the country would do as a whole when it comes to end of the world scenarios.

After seeing this museum village, that is set in the 1830, I feel like we would no do very well. Let's just say that most of us would have a difficult time adjusting to out houses. lol

But seriously, I learned a lot. I didn't realize that Wheat doesn't grow well in New England so they used to make all of their baked goods from rye and/or corn. They would save up money to buy a bag of wheat flour to use for special occasions like birthdays and weddings.

Another eye opening spot was the the Cooper's shop. I had no idea this is what you call someone who makes barrels. That it was the main way of transporting goods until 1917 when they made the first steam powered fork lift and started using crates. No matter how heavy a barrel is you can always roll it!

The school house was an eye opener. We complained so much about our schools growing up but after seeing this little drafty room with a pot bellied stove, I will think again before complaining about it being 75 instead of 72 degrees.

The kiln was amazing! I have seen some kilns in my life but this one was gorgeous and a work of art on it's own.

One of the most interesting things I ran across was the covered bridge. It had a series of informational posters that talked about how no one could own the water but the property along the rivers and ocean were a top commodity. In the early 1800's big business men created dams so they could make bigger factories. They had the money to sway the minds of the courts to help them win against local farmers, when they ruined their land with floods. This was the beginning of the end for the local farmer.

They also talked about how most people lived and worked on family farms and would have other trades they would do during down time, especially in the winter. Blacksmithing, coopering, baskets weaving, cabinet making, pottery, sewing, baking and much more that they owned and sold or traded. Their work days varied and depended on what needed to be done.

But when factories came to town they then traded those lives for 12 hour days standing in one spot, doing the same thing again and again for a tiny wage. They were not the owners of the product they made and their lives were no longer their own. They upside was that they had consistent work and were no longer at the mercy of mother nature.

So as much as the industrial age has lead to the information age and all of our comforts, it is a needed reminder to remember the cost.

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