Daily Schedule

DATE: JULY 16, 2021
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Exhibits open 9:30 AM to 5 PM

Daily events are subject to change.

Performances
11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. A Reading of Floral Poetry: Learn the language of flowers (meets in the Towne House Garden)

12:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. Uncomfortable Truths: A discussion of race in Early New England. (meets outside the Friends’ Meetinghouse)

2:00 p.m. Celtic and Catholic: A tour discussing Irish Immigrants in 1830s Massachusetts (meets at Center Meetinghouse).

Music Performances

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

Garden Tours
11:30 a.m. Children’s Chores: Children of all ages can help with gardening chores such as watering, weeding, and pest patrol (at the Freeman Garden).

2:30 p.m. 19th Century Root Cellars: See how food was stored in the 19th century, even before refrigeration! (meets outside the Freeman root cellar).

Households

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.

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.

Trades

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.

Musket Demonstrations will happen at 1:00 p.m. Watch our interpreters load and fire a flintlock musket, near the Bullard Tavern.

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.

The Carryall

We offer two horse-drawn carryall rides (weather permitted), included with the price of admission, around the Village.

From 10:00 am – 12:00 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 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.

Games

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!