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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. Our interpreters have been hard at work creating engaging interpretive demonstrations outside many of the historic exhibits. There is much to learn about life in 1830s New England, and below is a sampling of what you can expect to find during your time here today. Enjoy your visit!
Small House Garden A small, introductory garden to New England food culture. This garden highlights African and Indigenous vegetable varieties that were common in the diet of an 1830s New Englander.
Asa Knight Store Country stores brought in goods from all over the world, through seaports like Boston, Providence, and Hartford. They also carried locally produced goods such as livestock, cheeses, braided straw and more.
Freeman Farm 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 stitch shoe uppers to supplement the family’s income and make improvements to their home.
Cooper Shop Coopers made round wooden containers including pails, tubs, and barrels for their neighbors.
Pottery Shop and Kiln Explore the world of pottery, see pots being made at the potter’s wheel, and chat with potters who may be working outside at the kiln or pug mill.
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 the summer chores of haying and tending crops.
In the Gardens Stop by the Small House, Fitch House, Richardson House, Towne House, Bixby House, Freeman Farm, or Herb Garden to learn about the diversity of plants, cultures, and techniques represented in the food culture, medicine, and floriculture or 1830s New England.
Musket Demonstrations will happen at 11:00 am and 2:30 pm. Watch our interpreters load and fire a period musket just outside the Bullard Tavern.
Performances Throughout the day you may find our talented performers in the Summer House at the Towne Garden. Stop by to enjoy their stories, music, or portrayals of 19th century characters.
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 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: Famous for our chocolate chip cookies, maple coffee and Village-made wares.