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. Common Curiosities:
A general tour of the buildings in our center Village (meets outside of the Center Meetinghouse).
10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Music in the Countryside
1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Music at the District School
3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Music in the Center Village
2:00 p.m. A Tour of the Herb Garden: The Family Nurse: Lydia Maria Child’s The Family Nurse could be found in many 19th century homes. Join us for a guided tour of the Herb Garden to learn about Mrs. Child’s advice and how people in the 19th century used plants as medicine (at the Herb 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 Summer 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.
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.
Musket Demonstrations will happen at 1:00 p.m. Watch our interpreters load and fire a flintlock musket, near the Bullard Tavern.
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!