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, select buildings are open to the public. Please follow occupancy guidelines and signage posted outside the buildings. 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 here today. Enjoy your visit!
Throughout the Day:
- Hog Butchering at the Freeman Farm and Farmhouse
Curator’s Pick: Keeping Warm from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Towne House front doorway.
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.
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.
Printing Office Small Printing Offices would often work for publishers in Philadelphia, New York, or Boston. Printers would print and bind books for sale anywhere in New England.
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.
Thompson Bank Country banks provided short-term business loans to merchants, prosperous farmers, and manufacturers.
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.
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.
Practicing for a Turkey Shoot will happen at 12:00 pm by the graveyard.
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 autumn chores.
We offer two horse-drawn carryall rides included with the price of admission. From 10:00 am-12:00pm and 1:30-4:00pm you can board behind the Bullard Tavern or in front of the Blacksmith Shop about every 20 minutes for a ride around the Mill pond. From 1:00-1:30pm there are no Carryalls operating.
The Environmental Point of View
Woodland Walk (closed) A short hike along the Pogus Brook up to a wooded viewing platform.
Pasture Walk (closed) 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
Oliver Wight Café 10:00 am – 4:00 pm: hot and cold beverages along with pastries and desserts.
Bullard Café 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!