Daily events are subject to change.
Welcome to Old Sturbridge Village, a recreated 1830s rural New England town! Social change is an important topic here. This weekends’ programming, Moving Forward, highlights both the topics and the groups involved in social change, like temperance, anti-slavery, local charity, the Industrial Revolution, progressive agriculture and gardening, and women’s rights in the 1830s and how they relate to social change today. Please follow occupancy guidelines and signs posted outside buildings. Enjoy your visit!
Moving Forward Programs
10:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. Uncomfortable Truths: A discussion of race in Early New England. (meets outside the Friends’ Meetinghouse)
11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. Remember the Ladies: A Discussion of Women in the 1830’s (in the Friends’ Meetinghouse)
11:30 a.m. Keeping Up with the Townes: The Towne Family was well off with an impressive “pleasure garden” to prove it. Join a gardener for a walking tour of OSV’s gardens highlighting the evolution of ornamental gardening in the 19th Century. See how families aspired to be more like the Townes. (Meets at the Bixby House.)
11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Meet a 19th Century Midwife: Learn about childbirth in the 1830s. (meets in front of the Fenno House).
1:00 p.m. Water Rights Tour meet at the Carding mill for a tour about water power and the often conflicting rights of farmers and mill owners in early New England.2:30 p.m. &
4:00 p.m. Celtic and Catholic: A tour discussing Irish Immigrants in 1830s Massachusetts (meets at Center Meetinghouse).
1:00 p.m. Musket Demonstrations Watch our interpreters load and fire a flintlock musket, near the Bullard Tavern.
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 of a fascinating diversion enjoyed by children in the early 1800s, a toy hot air balloon flight!
Towne House Lower Kitchen: Making butter & soft cheese from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. & 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Fenno House Hundreds of textile mills dotted the New England landscape in the 1830s. Visit the Fenno House to find out how the Industrial Revolution was changing the world of textile production and why some households continued to process their wool by hand.
Richardson House (Parsonage) The Minister and his wife were members of many groups doing good work in their community. Come to this home to discuss the work done by one of these groups, the Ladies Charitable Society, to provide clothing and household textiles for those in need.
Fitch House Temperance was one of the many reform moments of the early 19th century. Visit here to learn about coffee, where it was from, how it was prepared, and the role it had usurping beer and cider as the quintessential breakfast beverage.
Freeman House Sugar played an important role in early America as both a sweetener and a preserving agent. To meet the demand, most of New England’s sugar was imported from plantations in the Caribbean. Stop here to learn about alternatives to plantation grown cane sugar, and how certain folks started to push back against an unjust system.
Center Meetinghouse Learn about the intersection of religion and civic responsibilities in early New England.
Law Office Learn how slavery began and came to an end in New England, and explore its enduring legacy, in the 1830s and today.
Thompson Bank Discover why New England had the most dependable banks and soundest money in the early 1800s.
Cooper Shop Coopers made barrels that stored cider which in the 1830s contained alcohol. Substance abuse has been a social and economic problem for the entire existence of the United States. Explore the ideas of freedom and liberty versus social responsibility at the Cooper Shop.
On the Farm At Freeman Farm learn the ways farming techniques were progressing in the 1830s.
Throughout the Day
Richardson House Garden Stop by the minister’s garden to learn about progressive gardening techniques and some of the rare vegetables of the time, like tomatoes!
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.
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!