Preservation of 839 acres abutting old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge

Measured by acres, this $3.8 million land purchase, split between the town and the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, is the largest open space acquisition on record in the Commonwealth using Community Preservation Act funds.  The property is now permanently protected as open space, and is open to the public for passive recreational uses such as hiking, fishing, cross-country skiing, hunting, and horseback riding. Most importantly, however, the purchase of the property stabilized the future of the adjacent Old Sturbridge Village museum, described by the Town Administrator as “the vital engine of our local economy.” After the project’s approval by Sturbridge Town Meeting, Senator Brewer commented:  “For 60 years, Old Sturbridge Village has served as an attraction for tourists of Central Massachusetts, as well as an educational tool for generations of schoolchildren. I am pleased to see such a partnership between the residents and the Commonwealth in the preservation of the town’s character – in both natural history and human history.”