Daily events are subject to change.
Saturday, May 8, 2021
Welcome to Old Sturbridge Village, a recreated 1830s rural New England town! It is Women’s History Weekend at OSV. We would like to give you a glimpse into a day in the lives of 19th century women. Please follow occupancy guidelines and signs posted outside buildings. Enjoy your visit!
Performances (all are limited to the first 20 people)
10:00 a.m. & 4:00 p.m. Take a Tour with “Sally Towne”: An OSV interpreter in the role of Sally Towne gives a tour of the Towne’s property (meets in front of the Towne House)
10:30 a.m. The Fate Lady Practices for the Charitable Society Fair: Hear about fortunes and different types of Charitable Societies (meets in the Towne House Garden)
11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. “Remember the Ladies” Voices of Women from Mary Wollstonecraft to Elizabeth Cady Stanton: The voices of the women who paved the way to the 19th amendment (meets in front of Fenno House)
1:30 Excerpts from the Letters of Sarah Grimke: Grimke was an American abolitionist. Join an interpreter for a reading of letters regarding women and public speaking (meets in front of Quaker Meetinghouse)
2:00 p.m. Meet a Midwife: the character of “Lucy Tucker” relates her experiences as an 1830s midwife (meets in Front of the Fenno House)
Small House and Garden Learn about traditional crafts such as basket making, and about common vegetable varieties that came to the New England diet through Indigenous and African cultures.
Fenno House Spring is the perfect time to process wool in preparation for spinning. Stop outside this home to
watch wool from our sheep being sorted, picked, scoured, hand-carded, or dyed.
Fitch House Part of managing a household is providing good food for the family year round. Visit here to see how a non-farming family might change the way they feed their family as the weather continues to warm.
Parsonage Clothing a family took many hands and a lot of work. Stop by to learn about the sewing done by the family and the times when other women were paid for their specialized sewing skills.
School House Keeping school was a common form of work for young women in the 1830s. Learn about District school systems and opportunities for higher education for women in New England.
Freeman House Learn about the variety of domestic work on a traditional, middling farm, including dairying, cooking, doing laundry, and maintaining kitchen gardens.
Bixby House Visit the Bixby house to learn how the ladies in the Blacksmith’s family braided rye straw for hats and bonnets, and stitched shoe uppers to supplement the family’s income and make improvements to their home.
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.
Printing Office Small Printing Offices would often work for publishers in Philadelphia, New York, or Boston. Printers would print and bind books for sale anywhere in New England.
Musket Demonstrations will happen at 1:00 p.m. Watch our interpreters load and fire a flintlock musket, near the Bullard Tavern.
Curator’s Pick: OSV’s Inspiring Women
from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
at the Visitor Center. Learn about several inspiring women, their lives, careers and the objects they left behind. From an artist, to a missionary and even a business owner, the women represented in the Old Sturbridge Village collection led very different but very interesting lives.
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.
In the Gardens Stop by the Small House, Fitch House, Parsonage, 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.
Shopping and Dining
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.
Scoop Shop 12:00 – 4:00 pm: Gifford’s ice cream and cold beverages available.
Miner Grant 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!