Daily events are subject to change.
Friday, May 7, 2021
Welcome to Old Sturbridge Village, a recreated 1830s rural New England town! Today is Better World Day. Each year thousands of students from the EL Education network take action on Better World Day to co-create a better world in partnership with their local communities, connect with each other, and celebrate meaningful student work. Students of the Village’s partner, Old Sturbridge Academy are making the world a better place by hanging bird feeders and bax boxes in the Village. We hope you will be inspired to show collaboration in your communities to make the world a better place. Please follow occupancy guidelines and signs posted outside buildings. Enjoy your visit!
10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. A Reading of Floral Poetry: Poetry from the “Florists Manual” which associate human character traits with various flowers (meets outside Center Meetinghouse). Limited to first 20 people.
12:00 & 4:00 p.m. Common Curiosities: A general tour of the buildings in our center Village (meets in front of Center Meetinghouse). Limited to first 20 people.
11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. Nature Myths: Fanciful stories about how things came to be (meets in front of Fenno House). Limited to first 20 people.
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.
Fitch House Spring is exciting for everyone, farmers’ and mechanics’ families alike! Stop by here to see how a non-farming family might change how they feed their family as the weather continues to warm.
Parsonage From frocks to stockings! Stop by here to discover the work that went into clothing a 1830s family.
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.
Tin Shop Experience our Tinners creating authentic reproductions of household items made from tinned sheet iron.
Musket Demonstrations will happen at 1:00 p.m. Watch our interpreters load and fire a flintlock musket, near the Bullard Tavern.
Cooper Shop Coopers make round wooden containers including pails, tubs, and barrels for their neighbors.
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.
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 of 1830s New England.
We offer two horse-drawn carryall rides, included with the price of admission, around the Village. Please note from 1:00 – 1:30 pm there are no Carryalls operating.
From 10:00 am – 1:00 pm and 2:30 – 5:00 pm you can board behind the Bullard Tavern or behind the Blacksmith Shop about every 20 minutes for a ride around the Mill pond.
From 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:30 – 5:00 pm you can board at the Asa Knight Store or the Miner Grant Store about every 45 minutes for a longer ride around the Common and Countryside.
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.
Dining & Shopping
Bullard Café (on the Ground Floor)
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. full hot and cold menu available.
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. soups, sandwiches and beverages.
Miner Grant Store & Bake Shop 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Stop in to buy our famous chocolate chip cookies and treats. Shop for Village-made wares, heirloom seeds, historical children’s toys and gifts, too!