Daily events are subject to change.
Center Meetinghouse Fall was the time for 19th century Agricultural Societies to hold a Cattle Show. Many shows also included an Exhibition of Domestic Manufacture. Today, we are recreating such a display. Please stop by to see an exhibition of vegetables, fruit, butter, cheese, and items of home manufacture such as handwoven cotton and woollen fabrics, knitted stockings and shawls, and fancy work. Village manufactured items such as shoes, tin, pottery, brooms, baskets, straw braid, and books will also be on display.
10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. A Reading of New England Poetry: Classic Poems by Longfellow, Poe, & others (in the Towne House Garden).
11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. Meet a 19th Century Midwife: Learn about childbirth in the 1830s (in the Towne House Garden).
12:00 & 4:00 p.m. Ghastly Ghostly Tales: Ghost stories from New England (meets in the Friends Meetinghouse).
Throughout the Day: See Gardeners at Work
(in the Gardens around the Common)
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Heirloom Apple Tasting
(in the Visitor Center)
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. & 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Help Harvest the Bixby’s Garden
(in the Freeman Garden)
11:00 a.m. 19th Century Root Cellars
(outside the Freeman Root Cellar)
1:00 p.m. Apple Orchard Tour (meets at the Cider Mill)
2:00 p.m. Primary Source Materials for 19th Century Gardeners (in the Freeman Farm Garden)
3:00 p.m. Preparing the Garden for Winter
(in the Herb Garden)
Musket Demonstrations will happen at 1:00 p.m.
Watch our interpreters load and fire a flintlock musket, near the Bullard Tavern.
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
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 3 of the exhibitions’ locations in the Visitor Center, Countryside Gallery (indicated by “Cabinetmaking Exhibit” on the map), 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.
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!