Daily events are subject to change.
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. Thank you for joining us for our annual Craft Weekend! 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 basket making.
Fenno House Stop outside this home to watch wool from our sheep being sorted, picked, scoured, hand-carded, or dyed.
Fitch House Visit the dooryard and garden of this exhibit to see a bonnet making demonstration.
Richardson House Learn about hand skills and see a tailoring demonstration.
Fitch House Visit this home to see a quilting demonstration.
Pottery Shop See our potters fire the 15,000 brick kiln outside the Pottery Shop.
Near the Graveyard View the progress on our new Cabinetmaking Shop and learn about timber framing construction.
Blacksmith Shop Stop by the shop of a farmer/blacksmith. Watch the sparks fly as our smiths work to forge a stake anvil.
Tin Shop Experience our Tinners creating authentic reproductions of the household items made from tinned sheet iron such as coffee pots.
Printing Office Printers would print and bind books for sale anywhere in New England. Stop by to see a bookbinding demonstration.
Shoe Shop Find a shoemaker making a pair of lady’s walking shoes.
Bixby house Visit the Bixby house to learn how the ladies in the Blacksmith’s family braid rye straw for hats and bonnets.
We offer two horse-drawn carryall rides, included with the price of admission, around the Village. From 10:00 am-12:00pm and 1:30-5:00pm you can board behind the Bullard Tavern or behind the Blacksmith Shop about every 20 minutes for a ride around the Mill pond. From 10:00am-1:00pm and 2:30-5:00pm 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. From 1:00-1:30pm there are no Carryalls operating.
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,
11:00 am – 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 & Village-made wares.
Miner Grant 10:00 am – 5:00 pm: famous for our chocolate chip cookies, maple coffee and Village-made wares.