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!
10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. Meet 19th Century Irish Immigrant Mary Culligan: Hear about the experiences of a pre-famine Irish immigrant in early 19th century Ireland and New England (meets in the Parsonage Barn).
11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. Uncomfortable Truths: A discussion of race in Early New England. (meets outside 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, and learn how families aspired to be more like the Townes. (meets at the Bixby House)
12:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. A Reading of 19th Century Patriotic Poetry (meets at the Towne House Garden).
1:00 p.m. Musket Demonstrations Watch our interpreters load and fire a flintlock musket, near the Bullard Tavern.
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.
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 works in their community. Come to the Richardson House 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.
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!