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!
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.
Parsonage Stop by to discover how beautiful, warm worked mittens are made. Learn about the layers of clothing worn in the 1830s to keep warm.
Blacksmith Shop Our smiths are hard at work making tools for our new cabinetmaking shop as well as more typical winter items.
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.
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.
Thompson Bank Country banks provided short-term business loans to merchants, prosperous farmers, and manufacturers.
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.
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!