Daily Schedule

DATE: JUNE 22, 2024

Exhibits open 9:30 AM to 5 PM

Daily events are subject to change.

Saturday, June 22, 2024
Welcome to Old Sturbridge Village, a recreated 1830s rural New England town! Spring is an exciting time here. See if you can spot peonies, violets and English primrose in bloom. See our artisans making handcrafted items from iron, tin plate, clay, leather, and wood. Watch as food is being prepared by an open hearth with the remains of last year’s harvest, anxiously awaiting the new spring growth. Our farmers and gardeners are industriously preparing the soil for the planting season, and of course, our farm animals always enjoy a visitor too. Enjoy your visit!

Daily Activities
10:00 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. A Guided Tour of the Salem Towne House: Tour the home of a prosperous farmer with a costumed historian (meets in hallway of the Salem Towne House, Building #15).

11:00 a.m. Meet the Schoolmistress: Learn about schooling in the 1830s (in the District School, Building #31).

11:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. OSV Dancers: Come learn a dance from the 1830s with the Old Sturbridge Village Dancers (at the Gebhardt Barn, Building #13).

12:00 p.m. Tales of a Yankee Peddler: A peddler tells stories and reminisces about life on the road in early New England as a traveling salesman (in the Bullard Tavern, Building #3).

2:00 p.m.  Carding Mill Demonstration: Carding is brushing wool to prepare it for spinning into yarn. Our 200+ year-old water-powered machines did it much faster than hand carding, a welcome service to early farm families (at the Carding Mill, Building #39).

2:00 p.m. Musical Highlights: The Rocking Melodeon: Listen to a selection of songs on one of the most unusual instruments of the 19th century. Learn about the people that would have played on this instrument, and how it works at the Bullard Tavern (Building #3).

2:30 p.m. A Dentist Comes to Town: A traveling dentist character describes his practice, shows his tools, and recounts stories of dentistry in the early 19th century (in the Gebhardt Barn, Building #13).

3:30 p.m. Phrenology: The Science of the Mind –
Learn about the hot new “science” of the 1830s and its significance on society and thought
(in the Gebhardt Barn, Building #13).

4:00 p.m. Musical Highlights, the “Hurdy Gurdy”:
Listen to this strange and unusual instrument
(in the Bullard Tavern, Building #3).

Pottery Shop and Kiln (Building #32) Explore the world of pottery and see household vessels being made at the potter’s wheel.

Bixby House (Building #36) The Bixbys, like many families, earned their income from several different sources. Visit to learn about straw braiding and other paid outwork done by the women in the family and see how their earnings improved the entire household.

Needle and Thread: The Art and Skill of Clothing an Early 19th Century Family : highlights the responsibilities held by rural New England housewives in constructing new garments, patching, mending, and darning worn items, and repurposing old items into new wardrobes. The exhibit features over a dozen garments and accessories, along with other textile and clothing objects from the Old Sturbridge Village Museum Collection (in the Dennison Building, #27).

For the Purpose of Illumination: This new exhibit draws
upon OSV’s large collection of lighting devices and prompts us to examine the impact that artificial lighting had in the early 19th century and continues to have on our lives today  (in the Countryside Gallery, Building #38).

Dining & Shopping
Bullard Caf
é (Building #3) (on the Ground Floor)
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Hungry? Stop by for lunch or a snack.

Ox & Yoke Café (Building #1)
10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Featuring scrumptious sweet and savory baked goods prepared on-site, along with freshly ground coffee, beer and wine, cold and hot drinks, and more.

Miner Grant Store & Bake Shop (Building #18)
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Stop in to buy our famous chocolate chip cookies, Joe Frogger cookies, and treats. Shop for Village-made wares, historical children’s toys and gifts, too!

Ox & Yoke Mercantile (Building #1)
10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Take home a traditional rural New England treasure or unique gift. Village-made crafts and kits, home décor, books, and more await!

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