Daily events are subject to change.
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Welcome to Old Sturbridge Village, a recreated 1830s rural New England town! Spring is an exciting time here. See if you can spot tulips springing from the soil and buds on bushes. 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. & 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 20 people.
11:00 a.m. Common Curiosities: A general tour of the buildings in our center Village (meets outside Center Meetinghouse). Limited to first 20 people.
2:00 p.m. Celtic and Catholic: A tour discussing Irish Immigrants in 1830s Massachusetts (meets at Center Meetinghouse). 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.
Bixby House The Bixbys, like many families, earned their income from several different sources. Visit to learn about the work of braiding straw, sewing shoe uppers and dairying the women of this family did from home.
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.
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.
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, 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!