Daily events are subject to change.
Thursday, June 10, 2021
Welcome to Old Sturbridge Village, a recreated 1830s rural New England town! Spring is an exciting time here. See if you can spot peonies, columbine, roses, geraniums and baptisia blooming. 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. & 2:00 p.m. Uncomfortable Truths: A walking tour with OSV historian discussing the role of race in early New England (meets outside Small House).
11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. Meet 19th Century Irish Immigrant Mary Culligan
(meets in front of the Fenno House).
12:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. A Reading of Floral Poetry (meets in the Towne House Garden).
11:30 a.m. A Tour of the Fitch Children’s Garden:
A guided tour of our children’s garden based off the 1833 book The Young Florist by Joseph Breck.
1:00 p.m. Gardening Then and Now: A look at the different flowers, vegetables, and gardening techniques of the 19th and 21st centuries. (meets at the Freeman Garden)
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.
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.
Blacksmith Shop Our smiths are hard at work making tools for our new cabinetmaking shop as well as more typical items.
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.
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.
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!