April 23, 2014 to April 25, 2014
Per Person $140; OSV Members $130
10% multiple child discount applies
Fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder beloved Little House series will be delighted with our two April vacation Discovery Adventures! In costume, children ages 6-17 will try some of the activities, chores, and food right out of their favorite books. We'll also explore the similarities and differences between 1830s New England and Laura's world in the 1870s.
Little House in the Village on April 23-25...
April 26, 2014 to April 27, 2014
We look forward to welcoming employees of our Business Partners to Old Sturbridge Village.
On these two days, complimentary admission to OSV will be extended to the employees of our Business Partners - including up to six immediate family members (parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, spouses, and siblings) per employee.
Not sure your company is a member? Need to renew your membership...
April 26, 2014 - 10:00 AM
Get an insider’s perspective on OSV’s exhibit Delightfully Designed – The Furniture and Life of Nathan Lombard. Tour the exhibit with a member of the curatorial staff. Explore Lombard’s furniture, view family artifacts, and hear family stories about the man behind this extraordinary furniture.
Tours at 10:00 am; please meet at the entrance to the exhibit in the Visitor Center.
April 26, 2014 - 12:00 PM
Join author and historic decorative painter Linda Lefko, co-author of Folk Art Murals of the Rufus Porter School: New England Landscapes 1825–1845, for “Painted Walls of New England” an in-depth look at the work of acclaimed itinerant painter Rufus Porter (1792-1884) and other New England wall mural artists, as well as a demonstration of wall mural art.
Recently, Lefko helped restore the Rufus...
May 05, 2014 - 6:00 PM
$15 per person, $13 OSV Members
Advanced registration is encouraged, as tickets are not guaranteed at the door.
Award-winning historical nonfiction writer, Nathaniel Philbrick will make a special appearance at Old Sturbridge Village as part of the Overseers’ Distinguished Speaker Series to discuss his latest book, Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution. The book tells the story of the Battle of Bunker Hill - the bloodiest battle of the Revolution to come, and the point of no return for the rebellious...
May 06, 2014
Work and Play: Spring in the 19th Century
As the weather warms work reverts back to crops and dairying and play moves outdoors. Join us this Home School Day to get your hands on history by participating in these activities.
Help the farmers with their chores, churn butter, take a tour of the garden, whatch a sheep being sheared, plant a seed, and meet our newborn lambs, calves, and piglets. ...
May 10, 2014 - 10:00 AM
Throughout 2013, Old Sturbridge Village staff from the Museum Program, Costume, and Curatorial Departments collaborated on a project to create a reproduction of a gown from the Allen family. Join the staff for a look at all of the work that went into creating this one-of-a-kind reproduction. Meets at the Visitor Center to walk to the Collections Storage Building.
Take a Closer Look is a monthly...
May 11, 2014
Free admission and a special gift for moms (while supplies last) on Mother's Day at Old Sturbridge Village, with family events planned throughout the day, including a "Moms vs. Kids" tug-o-war.
Visit the Village households and craftshops to learn about parenting in the 19th century. See the tinsmith make a baby rattle and the potter make a chamber pot for potty training. Learn about cooking for...
May 11, 2014 - 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Children ages 3 -12 $12.95
Children under 3 free
(prices are inclusive of tax and gratuity)
Available by reservation only, please call 508-347-0333.
A Sampling of Our Mother's Day Menu
Omelets made to order
Applewood-Smoked Bacon and Sausage
House-cured Smoked Salmon
Red Flannel Hash
Assorted Muffins and Danish
Buttermilk Pancakes and Waffles with a selection of toppings
Sliced Seasonal Fruit
Spring Green Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing
Spinach Salad with Citrus
Pan-Roasted Asparagus with...
May 17, 2014 - 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
On this day, we will offer a selection of heirloom flowers and herbs grown at the Village including a nineteenth-century favorites to bring a bit of history to the garden (prices range from $3-$5, depending on size).
Plus, free heirloom tomato plants will be given to visitors to celebrate the start of the gardening season. The free tomato plants, grown by OSV horticulturists, include popular...
May 17, 2014 - 10:00 AM
Color your world using plants that not only beautify your garden, but also act as natural household dyes.
Garden Thyme programs are held on the third Saturday of each month and are FREE for members of Old Sturbridge Village. Led by Village horticultural and agricultural staff, these programs and workshops are held at various sites and deal with a variety of plant-related themes and topics....
May 24, 2014 to May 26, 2014
Memorial Day Weekend
The sheep get their yearly "haircuts" this weekend. Farmers shear the sheep, and costumed historians demonstrate the entire wool textile process, from scouring and carding the wool to spinning, and then knitting the hand-spun wool yarn. Visitors can even try their skill at carding the wool.
See sheep herding demonstrations. David Kennard of Wellscroft Farm in New Hampshire...
May 26, 2014 - 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Join us as we support local farmers and vendors during the first OSV's Heritage Farmers Market of the year!
Located outside the Visitor Center, the Farmers Market is open to musuem visitors and the general public beginning on Memorial Day weekend and running throughColumbus Day Weekend. (Village admission not required.)
Participating vendors include:
Hillcrest Apiary is a vendor of local, pure,...
May 31, 2014
This new event celebrates the medical practices of the early 19th century. Throughout the day, visitors will meet costumed interpreters depicting medical experts of the period, including a travelling dentist and a phrenologist. As home remedies were the most common cures, historical interpreters will also create poultices, teas, and other remedies from The Family Nurse, a 19th-century advice book...
June 07, 2014
More than 50 pre-1946 automobiles will be showcased on the Common throughout the day and a grand procession of the autos will take place at 3:30 p.m.
Come back the next day for the first Antique Carriage Rally.
If you are interested in participating with your antique automobile, please contact Jim O'Brien.
See a slide show.
Purchase your tickets online in advance to expedite your...
June 08, 2014
See dozens of antique horse-drawn carriages throughout the village as part of our Historic Transportation Weekend, which also includes the Antique Car Rally on Saturday, June 7.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Jim O'Brien.
Purchase your tickets online in advance to expedite your entrance into the Village.
Add an overnight stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn and...
June 14, 2014 to June 15, 2014
Free admission and a special gift (while supplies last) for dads on Father's Day, Sunday, June 15.
The Village comes alive with the lost sounds and sights of 19th-century popular music and art as more than 50 singers, dancers, musicians, and artists perform and demonstrate. See antique instruments from the Village collection that are rarely on display. See fife and drum music performed. Learn how...
June 14, 2014 - 10:00 AM
Join OSV staff for a tour of the costume building that houses all of the reproduction costuming for the Village and learn about the work involved in clothing an entire village! Space is limited to eight – first come, first serve. (Meets at the Visitor Center to walk to the Costume Building).
Take a Closer Look is a monthly program open to all OSV Members. Held on the second Saturday of each...
June 21, 2014 to June 22, 2014
Old Sturbridge Village celebrates Black History Weekend by telling some of the most inspiring stories in African-American history. Visitors can learn about the movement to abolish slavery in the early 19th century and also enjoy activities and crafts with African-American themes.
Purchase your tickets online in advance to expedite your entrance into the Village.
Add an overnight...
June 21, 2014 - 10:00 AM
How do you differentiate friend from foe in the garden? Discuss ways to attract beneficial insects into your garden and repel pests.
Garden Thyme programs are held on the third Saturday of each month and are FREE for members of Old Sturbridge Village. Led by Village horticultural and agricultural staff, these programs and workshops are held at various sites and deal with a variety of plant-...