Daily Schedule

DATE: SEPTEMBER 26, 2021
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Exhibits open 9:30 AM to 4 PM

Daily events are subject to change.

Performances

10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. A Reading of Children’s Poetry: 19th Century Poems written for Children (in the Towne House Garden).

11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. Nature Myths: Fanciful tales of how things came to be (in the Towne House Garden).

12:00 & 4:00 p.m. Celtic & Catholic Tour: Learn about Irish Catholic Immigrants in 19th Century Massachusetts (meets in front of the Center Meetinghouse).

Music Performances

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. A performance on the New England Church Bass Viol (in the Center Meetinghouse)
Listen to and learn about the church bass or bass viol, an instrument which has not been played in nearly one and a half centuries.

Garden Tours
2:00 p.m. Working the Bugs Out: Learn about 19th century techniques to control insect and disease in the garden (at the Freeman 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.

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.

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.

Trades
Musket Demonstrations will happen at 1:00 p.m. Watch our interpreters load and fire a flintlock musket, near the Bullard Tavern.

Community

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. (at the Cider Mill)

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Grinding Apples with Ox Power 

1:00-5:00 p.m. Pressing 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.

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 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.

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.

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!