Daily events are subject to change.
10:00 a.m. & 2:00 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).
11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. Quakers in New England: A History of the Friends in 19th Century New England (meets in front of the Friends’ Meetinghouse).
12:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. Storytime for Children: Hear about Aesops fables and other tales (meets in the Towne House Garden)
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
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. Children’s Chores: Children of all ages can help with gardening chores such as watering, weeding, and pest patrol (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.
Printing Office Small printing offices often worked for publishers in Philadelphia, New York, or Boston, printing and binding books for sale anywhere in New England. They often also did smaller printing jobs for local people.
Pottery Shop and Kiln Explore the world of pottery and see pots being made at the potter’s wheel.
Musket Demonstrations will happen at 1:00 p.m. Watch our interpreters load and fire a flintlock musket, near the Bullard Tavern.
3:30 p.m. Milking Demonstration (at the Freeman 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.
We offer two horse-drawn carryall rides (weather permitted), 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.
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.
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!