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January 3, 2020

Old Sturbridge Village takes over R.I. historic farm operations

Photo | Courtesy of Old Sturbridge Village Old Sturbridge Village focuses on life in a 19th century rural New England community.

The nonprofit living history museum Old Sturbridge Village will take over the day-to-day operations of Coggeshall Farm Museum in Rhode Island, as well as install the OSV CEO as the farm's executive director.

Terms of the deal announced Thursday were not disclosed.

While the two nonprofits will maintain separate boards, the partnership allows the much larger Old Sturbridge Village to sustain another living history museum in New England. Old Sturbridge Village focuses on life in an early 19th-century rural New England village, while Coggeshall looks at life on a marsh farm in the 1790s.

Under the agreement, Old Sturbridge Village will manage Coggeshall, handling back office functions, supporting day-to-day activities, bringing new programs to the farm and positioning OSV President and CEO James Donahue as executive director. 

Coggeshall sees about 10,000 visitors annually, while Old Sturbridge Village brought in more than 250,000 in 2018. 

Through this partnership, the nonprofits said in their joint announcement Coggeshall will benefit from the proven success and knowledgeable staff at Old Sturbridge Village, expanding opportunities for reach and visitation. 

Two full-time employees from OSV will be at the farm year-round to oversee new and existing operations, supervised and supported by the team at Old Sturbridge Village.

A management fee, paid to OSV by Coggeshall, will be invested back into the larger initiative of supporting living history as a critical piece of the New England experience.

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