Daily events are subject to change.
Performances & Garden Program
10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. Fashion Delights: Learn about 1830s Fashion Trends. (meets in the Asa Knight Store)
11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. What’s Blooming in Mrs. Towne’s Garden? Take a stroll through a “Pleasure Garden.” (in the Towne Garden)
12:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. Meet the School Mistress: Learn about school in the 1830s. (in the District School)
11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. A performance on the New England Church Bass Viol.
Listen to and learn about the church bass or bass viol, an instrument which has not been played in nearly one and a half centuries.
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
2:00 p.m. Working the Bugs Out: Learn about 19th century techniques to control insect and disease in the garden (at the Freeman Garden).
Towne House Lower Kitchen: Making butter & soft cheese from 9:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m. & 2:00 -4:00 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!