Daily events are subject to change.
Friday, August 6, 2021
Welcome to Old Sturbridge Village, a recreated 1830s rural New England town! Summer is an exciting time here. See if you can spot Marvel of Peru, snapdragons, oxeye daisies blooming. See our Blacksmith working on tools for our Cabinetmaking Shop and food being prepared by an open hearth with the remains of last year’s harvest, anxiously awaiting the autumn harvest. Our farmers and gardeners are industriously preparing the soil for the planting season, and of course, our farm animals always enjoy a visitor too. You may catch a glimpse of our yearlings Red and Don training. Please follow occupancy guidelines and signs posted outside buildings. Please note that the restrooms at Bullard Tavern are closed today. Check your mapguide for other restroom locations. Enjoy your visit!
12:00 & 4:00 p.m. Uncomfortable Truths: A discussion of race in early New England. (across from the Fenno House)
2:00 p.m. Quakers in Early New England: Learn about the Society of Friends. (in the Friends Meetinghouse)
2:30 p.m. An 1830’s School Lesson
(in the District School)
3:00 p.m. Excerpts from letters by 19th Century Activist Sarah Grimke: Her response to concerns of women speaking in public in 1837. (in the Friends Meetinghouse)
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Music at the District School
1:00-2:30 p.m. Music in the Countryside
3:00-4:30 p.m. Music on the Common
2:00 p.m. A Tour of the Herb Garden: Botanical Medicine: Join a guided tour to learn about controversial vegetable physician Samuel Thomson (1769 – 1843) and his favorite medicinal plants (at the Herb Garden).
Towne House Lower Kitchen: Making butter & soft cheese from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. & 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Small House Costumed interpreters are here to help you understand the past as it relates to the present. Make this your first stop to say “good day” and orient yourself to our 1830s Village.
Bixby House The Bixbys, like many families, earned their income from several different sources. Visit to learn about the work of braiding straw, sewing shoe uppers and dairying the women of this family did from home.
On the Farm At Freeman Farm, Fenno Barn, and Towne Barn you can find the sheep, chickens, and cattle that call OSV home. In the fields across campus, you may find our farmers hard at work with seasonal chores.
Musket Demonstrations will happen at 1:00 p.m. Watch our interpreters load and fire a flintlock musket, near the Bullard Tavern.
Asa Knight Store Country stores brought in goods from all over the world, through seaports like Boston and Providence. They also bought locally produced goods such as butter, cheese, and handwork for sale in those urban commercial centers.
We offer two horse-drawn carryall rides (weather permitting), included with the price of admission, around the Village. Please note from 1:00 – 1:30 pm there are no Carryalls operating.
From 10:00 am – 1:00 pm and 2:30 – 5:00 pm you can board behind the Bullard Tavern or behind the Blacksmith Shop about every 20 minutes for a ride around the Mill pond.
From 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:30 – 5:00 pm you can board at the Asa Knight Store or the Miner Grant Store about every 45 minutes for a longer ride around the Common and Countryside.
2:30 p.m. Play 19th Century Base Ball: “Play Ball” following rules adapted from The Book of Sports and other 19th century sources. (meets on the Common)
3:30 p.m. Toy Hot Air Balloon: Join us on the Common for a demonstration (or two!) of a fascinating diversion enjoyed by children in the early 1800s, a toy hot air balloon flight!
Dining & Shopping
Bullard Café (on the Ground Floor)
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. full hot and cold menu available.
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. soups, sandwiches and beverages.
Scoop Shop 12:00 – 4:00 pm: Gifford’s ice cream and cold beverages available.
Miner Grant Store & Bake Shop 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Stop in to buy our famous chocolate chip cookies and treats. Shop for Village-made wares, heirloom seeds, historical children’s toys and gifts, too!