Daily Schedule

DATE: FEBRUARY 28, 2024
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Exhibits open 9:30 AM to 4 PM

Daily events are subject to change.

Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Welcome to Old Sturbridge Village, a recreated 1830s rural New England town! While you are visiting, stop by our numerous households and see what kind of winter activities kept families busy. Our trades will be active as well, from needlework to working at the potter’s wheel, we use the winter to hone our hand skills. See the farmers industriously preparing for the spring season, and of course, our farm animals always enjoy a visitor too.

Daily Activities
10:00 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Musical Highlights, The Guitar: Learn about the 19th-century guitar, and hear a selection of period music performed on the new instrument at the Fitch House (Building #20).

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

11:00 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. Historical Woodwinds: Learn about common woodwind instruments from the Village period. With a focus on the flute and clarinet, listen to a selection of historical songs performed on period instruments at the Fitch House, Building #20.

11:30 a.m. Nature Myths: Fanciful tales about how things came to be (in the Richardson House, Building #12).

2:00 p.m. Meet a 19th Century Midwife: Learn about childbirth in the 1830s with a costumed educator
(in the Richardson House, Building #12).

3:00 p.m. A Reading of New England Poetry: Poems penned by Longfellow, Emerson, and other early 19th century poets (in the Richardson House, Building #12).

Households
Freeman Farm (Building #34) Work on a farm never stops, not even in winter. Learn about seasonal domestic work on a traditional, middling farm including sausage making, cooking and caring for the years preserves.

Trades
Shoe Shop (Building #9) 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.

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

Community
Asa Knight Store (Building #10) 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.     

Exhibitions
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. – 2:00 p.m.
Hungry? Stop by for lunch or a snack.


Miner Grant Store & Bake Shop (Building #18)
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 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 Café (Building #1)
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Featuring scrumptious sweet and savory baked goods made right on-site, along with freshly ground coffee, beer and wine, maple water, and more. Enjoy pies, focaccia, cheesecake, or a “flight” of cookies!


Ox & Yoke Mercantile (Building #1)
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 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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