STURBRIDGE, Mass. (March 26, 2014): Southbridge Savings Bank of Southbridge, Mass. has committed to a multi-year investment to support the Blacksmith Shop at Old Sturbridge Village through the Village’s Adopt-a-Building program. Southbridge Savings Bank’s support was recently celebrated formally at the Village, with representatives from the bank visiting the Blacksmith Shop to work with OSV’s Costumed Historians and to try their hand at the craft.
OSV’s new Adopt-a-Building program ensures an authentic early American experience for more than 250,000 people of all ages who visit the museum each year. The museum features more than 40 historic buildings and structures that require ongoing maintenance including mills, barns, homes and sheds.
The commitment of support from Southbridge Savings Bank will allow Old Sturbridge Village to continue to preserve and care for the Blacksmith Shop under the new Adopt-a-Building program. The Village’s Blacksmith Shop is originally from Bolton, Massachusetts, constructed circa 1810, and was moved to Old Sturbridge Village in 1957, where it remains a favorite of visitors both young and old.
It was built by Blacksmith Moses Wilder, who owned land adjoining a stone quarry operated by his wife’s cousins in Bolton, Massachusetts. Wilder built the Blacksmith Shop using some 400 granite stones from the quarry to form the walls. He was able to maintain a prosperous business by making and repairing tools used in the neighboring quarry. His son, Abraham, later took over the business.
“Southbridge Savings Bank’s support of the Blacksmith Shop will help to maintain this treasured aspect of the Village, ensuring future generations will get to hear our costumed historians explain early New England history amidst the smoke from the fire and the sounds of a strike on the anvil. The Blacksmith Shop is often one of the exhibits here at the Village that visitors remember most. Southbridge Savings Bank’s partnership and support is greatly appreciated by all of us at the Village,” said Old Sturbridge Village President and CEO James E. Donahue.
“Southbridge Savings Bank has been a strong financial supporter of the village over the years. Past projects have been renovation of the Thompson Bank and the construction of the Small House as you enter the village. We consider the village an important historical museum in our back yard and it is our privilege to continue to support it,” stated Bank President Philip Pettinelli.
Founded in 1848, Southbridge Savings Bank is a mutual savings bank that provides individuals and businesses in Central Massachusetts and Worcester with complete banking products and services. Based in Southbridge, Massachusetts, the bank currently operates 9 branch offices with both a customer information center and a business banking center. More information on Southbridge Savings Bank is available at www.southbridgesavingsbank.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/southbridgesavings or by calling toll free 800-939-9103.
Old Sturbridge Village is one of the largest living history museums in the nation, celebrating life in early New England from 1790 to 1840. Located just off the Massachusetts Turnpike and Routes I-84 and 20 in Sturbridge, Mass., OSV is open year-round, but days and hours vary seasonally. The Village offers lodging at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges and several dining options on-site. For more details, visit www.osv.org or call 800-SEE-1830.
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