Daily Schedule

DATE: JULY 30, 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!

Please Note: Salem Towne House & Garden are Closed Today

Performances

11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. Pirate Tales: Stories of New England’s legendary pirates. (at the Center Meetinghouse)

12:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. Nature Myths: Fanciful Tales of How Things came to be. (outside the Fenno House by the benches)

2:00 p.m. Uncomfortable Truths: A discussion of race in Early New England. (meets outside the Friends’ Meetinghouse)

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. & 2:00-4:00 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

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!