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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. Thank you for joining us for our Autumn Harvest 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 how baskets were constructed for their many uses. In the garden, you can learn about Indigenous and African varieties of vegetables that have come to the New England diet.
Curator’s Pick: 19th Century Toys and Amusements from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Towne House front doorway.
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.
Cider Mill See our oxen grinding apples; a fall favorite!
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.
Richardson House (Parsonage) No gardener can be successful without tools! Stop here to learn about the various tools used in a 19th century garden.
Parsonage Barn Stop by to see a sampling of Old Sturbridge Village’s own harvest from this year.
Towne House Even when it is time to harvest, you still have to plan ahead for the spring! Stop by the Towne Pleasure Garden to see what needs to be done before a garden is done for the season.
Freeman Farm The Freeman Farm is a representation of a typical family farm of the 1830s. Here, learn about how to preserve a harvest in the 19th century, through methods of pickling, drying, storing in the root cellar, and more. In addition, at the Freeman Farm Fields, from time to time see our farmers pick and cut corn.
Fitch House At the Children’s Garden, learn about garden chores for children and see how we save seeds from our ornamental flowers for next year’s garden.
Bixby House Rural families relied on their kitchen gardens to produce a year-round supply of vegetables. In the garden, see a gardener harvesting this year’s crops and preparing them for storage.
Towne Orchard At the orchard, learn about why apples were so important to 19th century New Englanders and how Old Sturbridge Village maintains its collection of heirloom apples.
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.
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.
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!