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Today at Old Sturbridge Village
Welcome to Old Sturbridge Village! Enjoy a peaceful walk around our early 19th century village as we present an outdoor museum experience. While on your walk, stop by our numerous households and see what kind of winter activities kept families busy. Our trades will be active as well, from needlework to working at the potter’s wheel, we use the winter to hone our hand skills. See the farmers industriously preparing for the spring season, and of course, our farm animals always enjoy a visitor too. For the safety of our guests and staff, select buildings are open to the public. Please follow occupancy guidelines and signs posted outside buildings. Enjoy your visit!
10:00 a.m. How OSV Came to Be: A walking tour about how the Wight family farm became New England’s largest Living History museum. (meets at Visitor Center) Limited to first 15 people.
2:00 p.m. Uncomfortable Truths: A walking tour discussing the role of race in early New England (meets outside Small house) Limited to first 15 people.
3:00 p.m. River Walk: A narrated tour of the Mill Neighborhood and River Walk (meets outside the Gristmill) Limited to first 15 people.
If you’d like to explore Old Sturbridge Village on your own, feel free to check in
on some of the highlighted buildings below.
Small House Cold winters had their advantages! Stop by to see how many families made their year’s candles at home, one dip at a time.
Freeman Farm Work on a farm never stops, not even in winter. Learn about seasonal domestic work on a traditional, middling farm including sausage making, cooking and caring for the years preserves.
Fenno House Winter is a wonderful time to turn wool from sheep into yarn for knitting warm clothing. Visit the Fenno House to see wool being spun into yarn on a great wheel and yarn being knitted into warm winter clothing.
Cooper Shop Coopers made round wooden containers including pails, tubs, and barrels for their neighbors.
Pottery Shop and Kiln Explore the world of pottery, see pots being made at the potter’s wheel, and learn about pottery that was particularly useful in the colder months.
Tin Shop Experience our tinners producing authentic reproductions of the tinware used in households of the 1830s.
Curator’s Pick: Keeping Warm from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Thompson Bank. From quilted petticoats and wool farmers’ frocks to warm woolen stockings and yarn sewn mittens, this program will highlight some of the textiles and garments early New Englanders used to stay cozy inside and outside when the cold weather set in!
Asa Knight Store Country stores sold 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.
Center Meetinghouse Here early New Englanders met for worship, town business, and civic celebrations.
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 seasonal chores.
We offer a horse-drawn carryall ride included with the price of admission. From 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:30-4:00 p.m. you can board behind the Bullard Tavern or in front of the Blacksmith Shop, or Asa Knight Store about every 40 minutes for a ride around the Countryside. From 12:00-1:30 pm there are no Carryalls operating.
The Environmental Point of View
Woodland Walk A short hike along Pogus Brook to a wooded viewing platform.
Pasture Walk Takes you to the top of Powder House Hill, offering views of the pastured landscape.
River Walk Best views of the Wight Dam and a peaceful setting to enjoy the Quinebaug River.
Please note all walks are open but are not maintained. Icy conditions may be present.
Bullard Café 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.: soups available.
Miner Grant 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.: warm up with a cup of hot coffee or cocoa and don’t forget a chocolate chip cookie. Shop for Village-made wares, too!