Daily events are subject to change.
Welcome to Old Sturbridge Village, a recreated 1830s rural New England town! Spring is an exciting time here. See if you can spot crocus and snowdrops springing from the soil. See our Blacksmith working on tools for our Cabinetmaking Shop and food being prepared by an open hearth with the remains of last year’s harvest, anxiously awaiting the new spring growth. Our farmers and gardeners are industriously preparing the soil for the planting season, and of course, our farm animals, including newborn lambs, always enjoy a visitor too. You may catch a glimpse of our yearlings Red and Don training. Please follow occupancy guidelines and signs posted outside buildings. Enjoy your visit!
10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. Uncomfortable Truths: A walking tour discussing the role of race in early New England (meets outside Center Meetinghouse). Limited to first 15 people.
11:00 a.m. Common Curiosities: A general tour of the buildings in our center Village (meets outside Center Meetinghouse). Limited to first 15 people.
2:00 p.m. Celtic and Catholic: A tour discussing Irish Immigrants in 1830s Massachusetts (meets at Center Meetinghouse). 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 Costumed interpreters are here to help you understand the past as it relates to the present. Make this your first stop to say “good day” and orient yourself to our 1830s Village.
Freeman Farm Spring is around the corner, and with it, its own labors and concerns. Learn about seasonal food and domestic work on a traditional, middling farm as winter transitions into spring.
Fenno House Despite the hundreds of textile mills across New England, some families continued to process wool at home. Visit the Fenno house to see wool being spun into yarn on a great wheel, and yarn knitted into clothing.
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.
Tin Shop Experience our Tinners creating authentic reproductions of household items made from tinned sheet iron.
Pottery Shop and Kiln Explore the world of pottery and see pots being made at the potter’s wheel.
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 brought in goods from all over the world, through seaports like Boston and Providence. They also bought locally produced goods such as butter, cheese, and handwork for sale in those urban commercial centers.
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.
Bullard Café (on the Ground Floor)
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!
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.