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Patrick pays visit to Old Sturbridge Village

Stop part of governor's tour through Brewer's district

Gov. Deval Patrick visited Old Sturbridge Village Friday, Feb. 4, as part of his tour through Sen. Stephen Brewer’s district. Kevin Flanders. (click for larger version)
February 07, 2011
STURBRIDGE — Gov. Deval Patrick took some time out of his busy schedule Friday afternoon, Feb. 4, to stop and appreciate the slower pace of life at Old Sturbridge Village — and considering how relentlessly this winter has tormented the northeast, it was of particular interest to the governor to learn how folks dealt with harsh winters nearly 200 years ago.

Following a lunch with State Sen. Stephen Brewer, D-Barre, State Rep. Todd Smola, R-Palmer, and OSV President Jim Donahue, Patrick toured the Village's many celebrated sites with historians. The visit came as part of Patrick's travels through Brewer's district last week, and he enjoyed such events as a horse-drawn sleigh presentation, the roasting of chestnuts over the fireplace and a brief discussion about antique quilts and how 19th-century New Englanders used them to stay warm during the winter.

"We were very excited to have Gov. Patrick tour the Village today," said OSV Director of Marketing Ann Lindblad. "He came to OSV for an event last year, but he did not have an opportunity to tour the Village with our historians."

When Brewer learned that Patrick would be paying a visit to towns in his district, OSV was one of the first destinations that he thought the governor should experience.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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