Daily events are subject to change.
10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. Quakers in New England: A History of the Friends in 19th Century New England (meets in front of the Friends’ Meetinghouse).
11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. A Reading of Excerpts from the Letters of 19th Century Activist Sarah Grimke: Sarah Grimke writes about the condition of women in 1837 (meets at the Friends’ Meetinghouse).
11:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. OSV Dancers: Watch the Old Sturbridge Village Dancers demonstrate dancing in the 1830s. (in the Parsonage Barn).
12:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. Aesop’s Fables: Classic stories for children (meets in the Towne House Garden).
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Music at the Towne House
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).
2:00 p.m. New England’s Apples: an Introduction to OSV’s Orchards: Join a gardener for a guided tour of some of OSV’s apple collection, as well as a discussion of the importance of apples throughout New England’s history (meets at the Cider Mill).
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.
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.
Musket Demonstrations will happen at 1:00 p.m. Watch our interpreters load and fire a flintlock musket, near the Bullard Tavern.
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Grinding Apples with Ox Power at the Cider Mill: New England Farmers relied on cider making as the best way to preserve their apple crop. Come learn how the apples were crushed, pressed, fermented and stored to create a year-round supply of cider.
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.
Thompson Bank Country banks provided short-term business loans to merchants, prosperous farmers, and manufacturers.
New England on Parade
Learn about the long history of parades in this region, and their many purposes. Visit all three of the exhibitions’ locations in the Visitor Center, Countryside Gallery, and Militia Exhibit.
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 in front of 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 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!