Posted in General Interest, Naomi Baltuck, Photo Essay, Photography/Photographer

The Inside Story

When my daughter Bea was studying at the Yiddish Book Center in Massachusetts, I went to visit her.  We zipped down the turnpike to Old Sturbridge Village.

The village is a living museum including 59 restored buildings, a working farm and water-powered mills.  There were craftsmen…



 …and re-enactors.

We were invited to look through a window in time…

We saw village life as it was lived between the 1790s and the 1830s.

I enjoyed the opportunity to see the old buildings from the inside out.

 Everywhere we went there were whispers, hinting at the inside story.

Upon reflection, one thing was clear…

Just as we do today,  those people worked hard…

…fell in love…or not…

…cherished their children…

…and valued their friends.

Some things never change.

All images and words copyright Naomi Baltuck

NaomiPHOTO1-300ppi51kAqFGEesL._SY300_NAOMI BALTUCK ~ is a Contributing Editor and Resident Storyteller here410xuqmD74L._SY300_ at Bardo. She is a world-traveler and an award-winning writer, photographer, and story-teller whose works of fiction and nonfiction are available through Amazon HERE. Naomi presents her wonderful photo-stories – always interesting and rich with meaning and humor – at Writing Between the Lines, Life from the Writer’s POV. She also conducts workshops such as Peace Porridge (multicultural stories to promote cooperation, goodwill, and peaceful coexistence), Whispers in the Graveyard (a spellbinding array of haunting and mysterious stories), Tandem Tales, Traveling Light Around the World, and others. For more on her programs visit Naomi


When not actually writing, I am researching the world with my long-suffering husband and our two kids, or outside editing my garden. My novel, The Keeper of the Crystal Spring (Viking Penguin), can be read in English, German, Spanish, and Italian. My storytelling anthology, Apples From Heaven, garnered four national awards, including the Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice. I am currently working on a contemporary women’s novel.

6 thoughts on “The Inside Story

  1. Lovely!
    I used to buy furnishings and decor from Old Yankee when we still loved back east. I don’t know if they are part of the farm or not. Beautiful things there.


  2. I think about this every day I work at Old World Wisconsin: what kind of life would you create as an immigrant? It makes me imagine working from “the ground up” rather than assuming pre-existing systems. What are your priorities? How do you use your energy? And, of course, my age influences that, too, as my children are grown. Work, craft, & learning are still key; not so much family & society.


  3. What a neat place! I love historical places like this, because you can learn so much about what people went through in the past, and how things came to be the way they are today. There is a place not too far from where I live called “Shakertown” and it is similar to where you visited. I especially liked your photos, Naomi. 🙂 I think my favorite of these is the one peeking out the flame-shaped hole at the lake and woods. Neat object in the foreground of the lake. I kept looking at it, wondering, “What IS that sticking up?” It looks awfully smooth to be a natural branch, but perhaps it is.


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