Daily Schedule

DATE: JUNE 16, 2021
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Hours of Operation 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Daily events are subject to change.

Wednesday, June 16, 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 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!

Performances

11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. Meet a 19th Century Midwife: Learn about childbirth in the 1830s. (meets in front of the Fenno House).

11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. Uncomfortable Truths: A discussion of race in Early New England. (meets at the Center Meetinghouse).

12:00 & 4:00 p.m. A Reading of Floral Poetry (meets at the Towne House Arbor).

Households

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.

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.

Trades

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.

Farm

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.

Community

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.

The Carryall

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 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.

Games

2:30 p.m. Play 19th Century Base Ball: “Play Ball” following rules adapted from The Book of Sports and other 19th century sources. (meets on the Common)

3:30 p.m. Toy Hot Air Balloon: Join us on the Common for a demonstration (or two!) of a fascinating diversion enjoyed by children in the early 1800s, a toy hot air balloon flight!

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!