Daily events are subject to change.
2:30 p.m. 19th Century Root Cellars: See how food was stored in the 19th century, even before refrigeration! (meets outside the Freeman root cellar).
Towne House Lower Kitchen: Making butter & soft cheese from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. & 2:00-4:00 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.
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.
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.
Blacksmith Shop Our smiths are hard at work making tools for our new cabinetmaking shop as well as more typical items.
Tin Shop Experience our Tinners creating authentic reproductions of household items made from tinned sheet iron.
Pottery Shop and Kiln Explore the world of pottery and see pots being made at the potter’s wheel.
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.
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.
Center Meetinghouse Here early New Englanders met for worship, town business, and civic celebrations.
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!