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Today at Old Sturbridge Village
Welcome to Old Sturbridge Village! We are pleased to present an outdoor museum experience. For the safety of our guests and staff, our indoor exhibit spaces are closed to the public for the time being. It is Women’s History Weekend at OSV. We would like to give you a glimpse into a day in the lives of 19th century women. Enjoy your visit!
Small House and Garden Learn about traditional crafts such as basket making, and about common vegetable varieties that came to the New England diet through Indigenous and African cultures.
Fenno House Summer is the perfect time to process wool in preparation for spinning. Stop outside this home to watch wool from our sheep being sorted, picked, scoured, hand-carded, or dyed.
Fitch House and Garden Visit the dooryard and garden of this exhibit to learn about domestic work and leisure time pursuits such as doing laundry with an 1830s washing machine, and the role of a children’s garden.
Printing Office Small Printing Offices would often work for publishers in Philadelphia, New York, or Boston. Printers would print and bind books for sale anywhere in New England.
Towne House Garden OSV’s most formal home and garden. Visit the garden to learn about the role a prosperous farmer’s wife had in managing her family’s home, farm, and garden.
Richardson House Here you can explore the major role a Minister’s wife would have had in social reform of the 1830s. Discuss the work of women’s hands and minds in supporting social causes. Learn about hand skills, such as clothing construction, knitting, or netting.
School House Keeping school was a common form of work for young women in the 1830s. Learn about District school systems and opportunities for higher education for women in New England.
Freeman House Learn about the variety of domestic work on a traditional, middling farm, including dairying, cooking, and maintaining kitchen gardens.
Bixby House Visit the Bixby house to learn how the ladies in the Blacksmith’s family braid rye straw for hats and bonnets, and stitched shoe uppers to supplement the family’s income and make improvements to their home.
Performance: “Remember the Ladies” Voices of women from Mary Wollstonecraft to Elizabeth Cady Stanton will happen at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm.
Female Academies and Education from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Towne House front doorway.
Musket Demonstrations will happen 11:00 am and 2:30 pm. Watch our interpreters load and fire a period musket just outside the Bullard Tavern.
The Carryall Two horse drawn carryalls are available throughout the day for rides around the campus. From 1:00-1:30 pm there are no carryalls operating. Rides are included in the price of admission. For a ride around the Mill pond, stop behind Bullard Tavern or outside the Blacksmith Shop. For a longer ride around the Common and Countryside, stop outside the Miner Grant Store or the Asa Knight Store. From 1:00-2:30 pm there is no carryall stop outside the Miner Grant Store or the Asa Knight Store.
The Environmental Point of View
Woodland Walk (open) A short hike along the Pogus Brook up to a wooded viewing platform.
Pasture Walk (open) Takes you to the top of Powder House Hill, offering views of the pastured landscape.
River Walk (open) Best views of the Wight Dam and a peaceful setting to enjoy the Quinebaug River.
Shopping and Dining
Bullard Cafe 10:00 – 11:00 am: beverages only,
11:00 am – 2:00 pm: full hot and cold menu available,
2:00 – 4:00 pm: soups, sandwiches and beverages.
Scoop Shop 12:00 – 4:00 pm: ice cream and cold beverages available.
Main Gift Shop 10:00 am – 5:30 pm: a wide array of unique gifts, fabrics, books and Village-made wares available.
Miner Grant 10:00 am – 5:00 pm: Village-made items, collectables, games, toys, candy and more.