Daily events are subject to change.
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Curator’s Pick- Behind the Building: The Towne House Old photos of the house in its original location and photos of its move to OSV as well as family documents from our Research Library (in the Towne House)
10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. A Reading of Floral Poetry: Hear poetry from “The Florists Manual” or well-known 19th century poets (meets at the Towne House Grape Arbor).
11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. Celtic and Catholic: A tour discussing Irish Immigrants in 1830s Massachusetts (meets at Center Meetinghouse).
12:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. Nature Myths: Stories about how things came to be (meets at the Towne House Grape Arbor).
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Music at the District School
1:00-2:30 p.m. Music in the Countryside
3:00-4:30 p.m. Music in the Center Village
11:30 a.m. A Tour of the Fitch Children’s Garden:
A guided tour of the Fitch Children’s Garden, based on Joseph Breck’s “The Young Florist” (1833). Explore Breck’s use of curious plants and garden design as a teaching tool for children (and adults)! (at the Fitch Garden).
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)
2:00 p.m. A Cook’s Tour of the Herb Garden: Sage, Thyme, and Rosemary are common names in any kitchen. Join a gardener for a guided tour of the Herb Garden to see what culinary herbs were popular in the 19th century and today! (at the Herb Garden).
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.
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.
Cooper Shop Coopers make round wooden containers including pails, tubs, and barrels for their neighbors.
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.
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.
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.
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!