Daily Schedule

DATE: SEPTEMBER 9, 2021
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Exhibits open 9:30 AM to 5 PM

Daily events are subject to change.

Performances

10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. A Reading of Floral Poetry: Learn about the language of flowers

(in the Towne House Garden).

11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. Celtic & Catholic Tour: A discussion about Irish Immigrant in 1830s Massachusetts

(meets in front of the Center Meetinghouse).

12:00 & 4:00 p.m. Meet 19th Century Midwife: Learn about 1830s childbirth (in front of the Fenno House).

Music Performances

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Music at the Towne House

Garden Tours
10:30 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. Vegetable of the Week: Beans: Meet under the Freeman Garden apple tree to learn more about 19th century beans (at the Freeman Garden).

2:30 p.m. Gardening Then and Now: What can we learn from 19th century gardening techniques to promote healthy, environmentally-friendly gardens today? Join an OSV gardener under the Freeman Garden apple tree to discuss best gardening practices (at the Freeman Garden).

Households
Fitch House Spring is exciting for everyone, farmers’ and mechanics’ families alike! Stop by here to see how a non-farming family might change how they feed their family as the weather continues to warm.

Fenno House Despite the hundreds of textile mills across New England, some families continued to process wool at home. Visit the Fenno house to see wool being spun into yarn on a great wheel, and yarn knitted into clothing.

Trades
Blacksmith Shop Our smiths are hard at work making tools for our new cabinetmaking shop as well as more typical items.

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.

Community
Asa Knight Store Country stores brought in goods from all over the world, through seaports like Boston and Providence. They also bought locally produced goods such as butter, cheese, and handwork for sale in those urban commercial centers.

The Carryall

We offer two horse-drawn carryall rides (weather permitting), 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.

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!