Each year, Old Sturbridge Village explores a different aspect of 19th-century textiles. Past topics have included quilting, needlework, and women's domestic textile production. This year, the weekend will focus on 19th-century clothing. See the full schedule for Saturday and Sunday.
- Tour the "Trimmed to Taste" exhibit in the Firearms & Textiles building and explore the different accessories worn in the early 1800s.
- Learn how the Village staff made a painting come alive by recreating the clothing worn in one of the Village's most iconic portraits. (Pictured above)
- Attend bonnet-making and dress-making demonstrations.
- See how cloth for clothing was woven and how damaged clothing was mended and repaired.
- Learn how communities cared for those in need with Charitable Society Treasuries.
- Find out more about the expanding availability of ready-made clothing in early New England villages.
- Take part in hands-on activities including making paper dolls, coloring and cutting our paper toy soldiers. Make a sewing needle case in the Craft Center (fee applies.)
Add an overnight stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges.
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