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One of the few fruits that is native to North America happens to be the species above, or as we like to call them, Blueberries.  Indian tribes in the Northeast nearly worshipped this tiny blue food and knew how to preserve them.  The blossom, shaped like a star, gave rise to a Native American legend that “star berries” appeared right when a tribe was close to famine and would save them.  Tthe fruit also has medicinal benefits–making it into a tea was known to be good for severe coughs.

In 1620, after those intrepid settlers from England made a home along the Massachusetts shore, the Native Americans in the area introduced themselves, as we know from our history books.  The “first Thanksgiving” that was the result of the sharing of crop successes included one very native crop–blueberries.

Today, blueberries have over 400 varieties, grown down South and as far north as the Arctic.  They are sometimes called partridgeberries or cowberries, whortleberries or sparkleberries.

Blueberries abound at the Publick House Bake Shoppe!

Some of the things that can be made from blueberries include Blueberry Cheesecake Bites, Blueberry Coleslaw, Blueberry Mayonnaise, Blueberry Omelet, Lemon, Blueberry and Chicken Salad, and Blueberry Dumplings.

Why are we going on about blueberries?  Coming up on June 29 is our Blueberry Cream Pie day!  Believe me, it is overwhelming happiness for the sweet tooth–Blueberry Cream Pie. Yum…flakey pastry crust, overstuffed with fresh chilled blueberries and topped with a generous helping of freshly whipped cream.

On June 29, the Publick House is offering $21.95/pie, and $6/slice, both sold in the Bake Shoppe. But be sure to pre-order your pies as they go really fast. You will want to take one home for your summer picnics. Trust us, you will want to order more than one!

Check out this blog as well–it was from 2010 and mentions the Publick House and has a variation on the very New England Blueberry Pie!!

Call the Bake Shoppe today and order yours–508-347-3313.

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Anyone familiar with the Sturbridge area knows where and what “Brimfield” means.  Three weeks out of each year, over one mile of Route 20 in nearby Brimfield becomes the home for booth after booth, filled with antiques and amazing collectibles.

The show began in the 1950s and was originally called Gordon Reid’s Famous Antiques Show after auctioneer and founder Gordon Reid.  Over the years, neighbors began buying up acreage to put up their tents and sell antiques “open air” style and now it is known all over the world now as the biggest antique event in the country.  According to the Brimfield Antique Show website, “the Brimfield Show is a huge,  vast undertaking, filled with thousands of dealers over the course of the week, selling everything from the finest antiques to ‘yard junk’, requiring a day or two to see everything there is to see. Food courts and rest facilities abound, and the shows are filled with hidden treasures and the ‘right kind of people’, creating a safe and fun environment for everyone, children included.”

Over a mile of booths and tents greet visitors at Brimfield!

The show runs for one week in May, one week in July and one week in September.  The July dates are the 10th-15th and there is still time to make your reservation with us at The Publick House! We are only a VERY short drive away!  Call 508-347-3313 for rates and availability.

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What a great day!

Yesterday the Publick House was surrounded by Spring. It was a beautiful Easter Sunday even though the weather was a bit cool.  Inside the Publick House, guests, many of them repeat guests, enjoyed a wonderful holiday dinner with their loved ones.  From parties of two and three up to groups of 13 and more, the atmosphere was festive and bright–a sure sign of the seasons changing.

So many happy people enjoying each other at the Publick House!

A great buffet awaited hungry guests.  Massive cooked shrimp with tangy sauce, green salad with maple dressing, Caesar salad, clam chowder, mashed potatoes, tortellini in tomato coulis, turkey, stuffing, braised lamb, chicken fingers, macaroni and cheese, ham, roast beef…delicious!

Easter basket ice sculpture on the buffet

The hotel was humming throughout the day and it was wonderful to see people lingering in order to talk with each other, hugging family and friends, telling anyone who would listen how much they loved everything.  Most importantly, people made plans to return next year.  And we can’t wait to see you again!

So long....farewell! We look forward to seeing you at another event!

It’s not too early to think about Mother’s Day!  We can’t wait to see you and your family back at the Publick House!

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Community Dinners

Come to the next Community Dinner!

Some of the most wonderful events we do at the Publick House are our monthly Community Dinners.  We wanted a way to give back to this community that has been so good to us over the years so we put word out that any charitable organizations looking for a vehicle to raise donations need only ask us and we would have a dinner specifically for that organization.  It started as a trickle at first but now we are approached by many different groups and are proud of how much both the guests and organizations value these events.


The cost is $13/Adult and $5/Children and each sponsored organization receives $4 from every dinner served.  The response has been overwhelming. Some people come back again and again if the organizations have special meaning to them.  Below is the schedule of Community Dinners for the rest of 2012:

  • April 23 ~ Sturbridge Rotary/Sturbridge Co-op School ~ NEW ENGLAND COMFORT FEAST
  • May 7 ~ Black Tavern Dudley/First Congregational Church Oxford ~ TURKEY FEAST
  • May 16 ~ Multiple Sclerosis ~ ITALIAN FEAST
  • June 4 ~ Charlton Masonic Angel Fund/Tri-Valley Meals on Wheels ~ NEW ENGLAND COMFORT FEAST
  • June 13 ~ Multiple Sclerosis ~ TURKEY FEAST
  • July 9 ~ Leicester Public Library/Literacy Volunteers ~ ITALIAN FEAST
  • August 13 ~ First Baptist Church of North Oxford/Sturbridge Optimist Club ~ NEW ENGLAND COMFORT FEAST
  • September 10 ~ Charlton Youth Soccer/Hitchcock Academy ~ TURKEY FEAST
  • October 22 ~ Tantasqua Music Association/First Congregational Church Spencer ~ ITALIAN FEAST
  • November 12 ~ Autism/Mitochondrial Disease ~ NEW ENGLAND COMFORT FEAST
  • December 10 ~ United Church of Christ Federated Webster/Mary Queen of Rosary Parish Spencer ~ TURKEY FEAST

All feasts are All You Can Eat Buffets and include salad, dinner rolls, dessert, coffee, tea, soft drinks and water.  There are two seatings to choose from: either 4:30pm-6:15pm or 6:30-7:30pm. We would love to see you at one of them ~ each for a great cause and all a wonderful chance to visit with friends, family and your neighbors!

If you are interested in having your charitable organization considered for a Community Dinner in 2013 or would just like more information on any of the organizations listed, call us at 508-347-3313.

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What’s OSV, you ask?  That is what we very affectionately call Old Sturbridge Village ~ a wonderful neighbor of the Publick House.  When the robins fly about and the buds pop out on the trees, school groups begin to visit the Village, and families spend long hours in the fresh air going from house to house, from farm to mills, seeing what life was like from 1790-1830 in New England.

Old Sturbridge Village came out of a labor of love by the Wells family (of American Optical in Southbridge).  Starting in the 1940s, the family painstakingly dismantled, moved and reconstructed historic New England buildings onto 200 acres in Sturbridge, once owned by David Wight, land that already had a grist mill and saw mill on it.  Eventually, a “farm village” and a “town common”, with meeting house, law office, general store, Tavern and many other period structures made this trip back in time complete.

View of the Common at Old Sturbridge Village
(photo courtesy of OSV)

The Old Sturbridge Village website says, “They may not have known it at the beginning, but the Wells brothers were following a path that would lead to the creation of a major American museum. Interestingly, the same course was also being taken by members of other prominent American industrial families in the 1920s and 1930s. John D. Rockefeller Jr. (Colonial Williamsburg), Henry Ford (Greenfield Village), and Henry Francis DuPont (Winterthur), among others, had become serious collectors and preservers of the American past. These individuals were very different, as were their collections and museums. But they shared more than wealth and prominence. Each was concerned with preserving and cherishing pieces of the past against the powerful currents of change in early twentieth-century America, currents so powerful that it seemed they might carry away everything old.”

Today, OSV is visited by people young and old, history buffs, architecture-lovers, nature-watchers, re-enactors, historic societies, garden groups, international travelers and more.  Activities like School Vacation Week events, Girl Scout and Boy Scout days, Muster Day, Evening at the Kiln, Fireworks on the 4th of July, Agricultural Expedition, Homeschooling Days, Christmas by Candlelight and more, coupled with watching the interpreters blacksmithing, making candles, creating pottery, and working in the fields, make a visit to Old Sturbridge Village interesting as well as interactive.  A fantastic Museum store offers visitors some of these handmade products.

Making Cookies
(photo courtesy of OSV)

The Village is open year-round, from 9:30am-4pm.  Please visit for more information and pricing.

The Publick House is proud to be a long-time partner with Old Sturbridge Village so please stay with us when you come to the area to immerse yourself in this wonderful attraction!

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Piece of History

The Publick House Historic Inn has such a wonderful history. It is on our website and has been mentioned in other places but it is definitely worth mentioning again here…

Publick House Historic Inn--taking its rightful place in Massachusetts history

It is important to note that Sturbridge became a popular stop for many because the old Boston Post Road ran through town. As a matter of fact, in 1754, when Benjamin Franklin was deputy postmaster of the Thirteen Colonies, he inspected many of the colonial Post Offices and used the Boston Post Road as his main thoroughfare.  Most likely, Franklin passed right by or maybe even stopped into the Publick House.

Located right on the common, the Publick House was a favorite stopping place for all who passed by. The inn’s founder and keeper, Colonel Ebenezer Crafts, made frequent rounds and saw to it that each guest was satisfied and comfortable. In 1824 the tavern and the common were visited by General Lafayette and his son, George Washington Lafayette.

The Marquis de Lafayette--a visitor to the Publick House

Colonel Crafts has left his equestrian profile on the Publick House’s familiar sign. His legacy is one of majestic elms and maples shading the picturesque grounds. Of course, his spirit of uncompromising good taste and hospitality covers every greeting, eating, and meeting at the Publick House.

Publick House sign with Colonel Crafts on his horse.

We look forward to seeing you here–as you join 250 years’ worth of visitors and guests to this historic building!

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Picture Craze

We have joined the Pinterest craze!

Have you heard of it? It is a very cool way to share anything and everything you may like in a visually exciting environment.  There are boards for Fashion, Art, History, Nature, Decorating, Travel, and the list goes on and on.

Pinterest Logo

The logo above will look very familiar very soon–so many places are collecting photos and “pinning” them to their online boards. In an article in Hispanic Business magazine, Pinterest founder Ben Silbermann says about Pinterest, “A ‘pin’ is a digital representation of an object that means something to you,” he said. “When you open the site, you should see things that you love — and be able to connect to the people who found them.”

That connection is what brought the Publick House to the Pinterest world.  We wanted to connect with all our customers, clients and guests and as the old saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” we hope you find the photos we share with you meaningful and that you will repin some of our photos that are meaningful to you.

We have started with a wedding board and will continue with a look at the great things of all types in the Sturbridge area and of course, a look at the history of the Publick House, through postcards, newspaper articles and old photos.

A Photo from the Publick House Wedding Trends Board

Please become a fan of our Publick House Boards!  And let us know if you are a Pinner too!

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