Daily Schedule

DATE: JULY 1, 2021
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Exhibits open 9:30 AM to 5 PM

Daily events are subject to change.

Thursday, July 1, 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!

Performances

10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. Quakers in New England: A History of the Friends in 19th Century New England (meets in front of the Friends’ Meetinghouse).

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

12:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. A Reading of Excerpts from the Letters of 19th Century Activist Sarah Grimke: Sarah Grimke writes about the condition of women in 1837. (meets at the Friends’ Meetinghouse)

Music Performances

9:30 a.m.- 10:00 a.m. Music in the Center Village
10:30 a.m-12:00 p.m. Music at the District School
1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Music in the Countryside
3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Music in the Center Village

Garden Tours

11:30 a.m. Gardening Then and Now: What can we learn from 19th century gardening techniques to promote healthy, environmentally-friendly gardens today? Join an OSV gardener to discuss best gardening practices. (meets at the Freeman Garden).

1:00 p.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.

Households
Towne House Lower Kitchen: Making butter & soft cheese from 9:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m.

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.

Trades

Cooper Shop Coopers make round wooden containers including pails, tubs, and barrels for their neighbors.

Blacksmith Shop Our smiths are hard at work making tools for our new cabinetmaking shop as well as more typical items.

Musket Demonstrations will happen at 1:00 p.m. Watch our interpreters load and fire a flintlock musket, near the Bullard Tavern.

Farm

3:30 p.m. Milking Demonstration (at the Freeman Farm)

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 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.

Games

2:30 p.m. French and English: Pick a side! Participate in a game of tug of war on the Common.

3:30 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)

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.

Scoop Shop 12:00 – 4:00 pm: Gifford’s ice cream and cold beverages available.

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!