Daily Schedule

DATE: JULY 28, 2021
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Hours of Operation 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Daily events are subject to change.

Welcome to Old Sturbridge Village, a recreated 1830s rural New England town! Summer is an exciting time here. See if you can spot Marvel of Peru, snapdragons, oxeye daisies blooming. See our Blacksmith working on tools for our Cabinetmaking Shop and food being prepared by an open hearth with the remains of last year’s harvest, anxiously awaiting the autumn harvest. Our farmers and gardeners tending to the gardens and seasonal chores and of course, our farm animals always enjoy a visitor too. You may catch a glimpse of our yearlings Red and Don training. Please follow occupancy guidelines and signs posted outside buildings. Enjoy your visit!

Performances

10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. Meet a 19th Century Midwife: Learn about childbirth in the 1830s. (meets in front of the Fenno House).

11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. Nature Myths: Stories about how things came to be (meets at the Towne House Gazebo).

12:00 & 4:00 p.m. A Reading of Floral Poetry: Hear poetry from “The Florists Manual” or well-known 19th century poets (meets at the Towne House Gazebo).

Music Performances
10:00-11:30 a.m. Music at the District School
1:00-2:30 p.m. Music in the Countryside
3:00-4:30 p.m. Music in the Center Village
3:30-4:30 p.m. Music in the Towne House

Garden Tours
2:00 p.m. A Tour of the Herb Garden: Native Plants:
A guided tour of the native plants housed in OSV’s Herb Garden (at the Herb Garden).

Households

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.

Trades
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 (weather permitting)

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.

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!