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.
Center Meetinghouse Fall was the time for 19th century Agricultural Societies to hold a Cattle Show. Many shows also included an Exhibition of Domestic Manufacture. Today, we are recreating such a display. Please stop by to see an exhibition of vegetables, fruit, butter, cheese, and items of home manufacture such as handwoven cotton and woollen fabrics, knitted stockings and shawls, and fancy work. Village manufactured items such as shoes, tin, pottery, brooms, baskets, straw braid, and books will also be on display.
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 (Parsonage) 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.
Parsonage Barn Stop by to see a sampling of Old Sturbridge Village’s own harvest from this year.
Tin Shop Experience our Tinners creating authentic reproductions of the household items made from tinned sheet iron.
Law Office Most town lawyers dispensed legal advice; helped collect debts; wrote contracts, deeds, and wills; settled estates; and occasionally argued civil and criminal cases.
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.
In the Gardens Stop by the Small, Richardson, Freeman or Bixby gardens to watch harvesting in action. You can also 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.
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.
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 – 3:00 pm: full hot and cold menu available.
Main Gift Shop 10:00 am – 4:30 pm: a wide array of unique gifts, fabrics, books & Village-made wares.
Miner Grant 10:00 am – 4:00 pm: warm up with a cup of hot mulled apple cider or maple coffee and don’t forget a chocolate chip cookie. Shop for Village-made wares, too!