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!
10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. Common Commerce: A Walking tour about how business was conducted in 1830s New England (meets in front of the Salem Towne House).
11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. River Walk: A Walking Tour of the Mill Neighborhood and River Walk (meets at the Gristmill).
12:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. Uncomfortable Truths: A discussion of race in Early New England. (meets outside the Friends’ Meetinghouse)
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
11:30 a.m. A Tour of the Fitch Children’s Garden: A guided tour of the Fitch Children’s Garden, based on Joseph Breck’s “The Young Florist” (1833). Explore Breck’s use of curious plants and garden design as a teaching tool for children (and adults)! (at the Fitch Garden).
1:00 p.m. Children’s Chores: Children of all ages can help with gardening chores such as watering, weeding, and pest patrol! (at the Freeman Garden)
2:00 p.m. A Tour of the Herb Garden: Useful Weeds: Weeds have a bad rap, but some may be worth keeping around! Join a gardener to identify these useful weeds and how they may benefit you (at the Herb Garden).
Towne House Lower Kitchen: Making butter & soft cheese from 9:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m. & 2:00-4:00 p.m.
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.
Cooper Shop Coopers make round wooden containers including pails, tubs, and barrels for their neighbors.
Musket Demonstrations will happen at 1:00 p.m. Watch our interpreters load and fire a flintlock musket, near the Bullard Tavern.
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.
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!