Daily events are subject to change.
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 Make this your first stop to orient yourself to our 1830s Village. Learn about traditional crafts such as basket making or whittling, and about common vegetable varieties that came to the New England diet through Indigenous and African cultures.
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.
Richardson House Here you can explore the major role a Minister and his 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, netting, or theorem painting.
Thompson Bank Country banks provided short-term business loans to merchants, prosperous farmers, and manufacturers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: Famous for our chocolate chip cookies, maple coffee and Village-made wares.