Daily events are subject to change.
Welcome to Old Sturbridge Village, a recreated 1830s rural New England town! Here at the Village, spring has sprung! Watch as farm fields and gardens are prepared for planting. Help sow early crops like onions and peas in the Freeman’s garden, and learn where farmers got seeds in the 1830’s. Learn how you can save seeds from flowers and vegetables to grow in your garden. Please follow occupancy guidelines and signs posted outside buildings. Enjoy your visit!
Earth Week Programming
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Tending to the Towne’s Garden: Visit the Towne’s Pleasure Garden to see crocuses, tulips, and watch gardeners clean the beds to prepare for this year’s flowers. (at the Towne House Garden).
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Help Plant the Freeman’s Garden: Now that the ground is thawed and the garden is plowed, it’s time to start planting! Join interpreters in planting our first crops: onions and parsnips! (at the Freeman Garden).
1:00 p.m. 19th Century Root Cellars: See how food was stored in the 19th century, even before refrigeration! (meets at Freeman Farmhouse). Limited to first 20 people.
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Saving Your Seeds: Join a gardener to talk about how to save seeds and why seed saving is so important. (meets at the Towne Garden).
10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m.
Uncomfortable Truths: A walking tour discussing the role of race in early New England (meets outside Center Meetinghouse). Limited to first 20 people.
11:00 a.m. Common Curiosities: A general tour of the buildings in our center Village (meets outside Center Meetinghouse). Limited to first 20 people.
2:00 p.m. Celtic and Catholic: A tour discussing Irish Immigrants in 1830s Massachusetts (meets at Center Meetinghouse). Limited to first 20 people.
If you’d like to explore Old Sturbridge Village on your own, feel free to check in on some of the highlighted buildings below.
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.
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.
Fitch House Spring is exciting for everyone, farmers’ and mechanics’ families alike! Stop by here to see how a non-farming family might change how they feed their family as the weather continues to warm.
We offer two horse-drawn carryall rides, 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 – 4:00 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 – 4:00 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.
Shoe Shop Find a shoemaker “bottoming” men’s and boy’s work shoes for wholesale to the Southern and Western states. Some of the shoes for the South were meant for enslaved workers.
Blacksmith Shop Our smiths are hard at work making tools for our new cabinetmaking shop as well as more typical items.
Musket Demonstrations will happen at 1:30 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.
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!
The Environmental Point of View
Woodland Walk A short hike along Pogus Brook to a wooded viewing platform.
Pasture Walk Takes you to the top of Powder House Hill, offering views of the pastured landscape.
River Walk Best views of the Wight Dam and a peaceful setting to enjoy the Quinebaug River.