Daily events are subject to change.
10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. A Reading of Children’s Stories (in the Towne House Garden).
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. A Reading of Excerpts from the Letters of 19th Century Activist Sarah Grimke: Listen to the anti-slavery activist’s response to an anti-abolitionist writer. (meets at the Friends’ Meetinghouse)
10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Music at the District School
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 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).
1:30 p.m. Gardening Then and Now: What can we learn from 19th century gardening techniques to promote healthy, environmentally-friendly gardens today? Join an OSV gardener to discuss best gardening practices (at the Freeman Garden).
3:00 p.m. Curious Plants of the Center Village: Join us for a guided tour of OSV’s ornamental gardens to learn about Curious Plants in the Center Village (meets at the Fitch Garden).
Towne House Lower Kitchen: Making butter & soft cheese from 9:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m.
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 ride (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!