Daily Schedule

DATE: FEBRUARY 14, 2021
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HOURS OF OPERATION 9:30 AM TO 4:00 PM

Daily events are subject to change.

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!

Themed Walks

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.

11:00 a.m. Common Curiosities: Some background on the buildings in our center Village (meets outside Center Meetinghous) Limited to first 15 people.

12:00 p.m. River Walk: A narrated tour of the Mill Neighborhood and River Walk (meets outside the Gristmill) 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. Common Commerce: A walking tour looking at how business was conducted in the 1830s (meets in front of Salem Towne house) 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.

Households

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.

Fitch House Winter was a wonderful time to eat in the early 1830s, with the year’s harvest packed away in root cellars, dairies full of cheese and butter and fresh meat kept safe in cold homes. Visit to see a demonstration of winter cooking in front of an open fire.

Towne House Though many families dried off their cows for the winter, not everyone did! Stop by the house’s lower kitchen to learn about the advantages and disadvantages of winter dairying.

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.

Trades

Printing Office Learn about the importance of the printed word in the early 19th century, while observing bookbinding demonstrations.

Shoe Shop Find a shoemaker “bottoming” men’s and boy’s work shoes for wholesale to the Southern and Western states.  Some of the shoes for the South were meant for enslaved workers.

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.

Community

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.

Farm

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.

The Carryall

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.

Dining

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!