Daily events are subject to change.
Welcome to Old Sturbridge Village, a recreated 1830s rural New England town! Thank you for joining us for our Woodworking Weekend. We are celebrating the grand opening of our new Cabinetmaking Shop today. Sturbridge and the surrounding region were home to some of the foremost rural cabinetmakers of the early 19th century, including Nathan Lumbard and Oliver Wight. These craftspeople, as well as others like them, were integral to 19th-century rural New England communities. Today you can learn about historical woodworking through presentations, demonstrations, and more. Please follow occupancy guidelines and signs posted outside buildings. Enjoy your visit!
10:00 a.m. Panel discussion of a newly acquired sideboard in the OSV Museum Collection, featuring Brock Jobe, Clark Pearce, and Chris Nassise. Learn more about an amazing piece of locally made furniture.
11:00 a.m. Cabinetmaking Shop Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting. (Please note the Cabinetmaking Shop will open to visitors at 11:45 a.m.) Period cabinetmakers made a wide variety of wares including tables, chairs, chests and other case furniture. Explore our newest trade shop, and learn more about the tools and techniques used by nineteenth century woodworkers.
2:00 p.m. Presentation by Philip Zea (President Emeritus, Historic Deerfield): A Uniformity in Our Trade: Cabinetwork and the Workmanship of Economics, 1790-1840.
Throughout the day: William Morrison of Montpelier, VT has been making Windsor chairs using hand tools in his shop since 1990, working with seasoned wood of several native species for their specific properties. Visit this demonstration to learn more of this remarkable family of comfortable heirloom chairs. (at the Horse Sheds)
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. & 1:00-4:00 p.m. Richard Colton: Gunsmiths generally shaped but a single piece of wood, the stock. Mr. Colton will be final-shaping the wooden stock, apple in this case, of a sporting flintlock fowling piece in the local Worcester County style, one of many he has made over the last fifty years. (at the David Wight Community Gallery)
The Eastern Massachusetts Guild of Woodworkers (EMGW) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of excellence in woodworking through the sharing of information in the art, technique, and business of woodworking. (at the tent near the Cabinetmaking Shop)
Throughout the Day:
- Wooden Barrel Hoops (in the Cooper Shop)
- Clock Making demonstration: cabinetry work, hammer veneering and gear cutting (in the Visitor Center)
10:00 a.m., 2:00, & 4:00 p.m. Sawmill Demonstration
3:00 & 4:00 p.m. A brief architectural tour of the OSV Common: A short walking tour examining & discusses some architectural forms & elements of the buildings around the Common (meets in front of the Center Meetinghouse).
Small House Splint basket weaving was done by some Anglo-Americans as well as Indigenous people as a way to supplement income. Stop by the Small House today to see these techniques being demonstrated from time to time.
Printing Office Boxwood is ideal for making a wood engraving block as it is oily, and doesn’t split, dry out, or warp. Visit this trade shop to learn about the role wood played in the printing process.
10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. Uncle Ezra’s Trunk: What’s in it? Learn about 1830s Peddlers & their wares (in front of the Fenno House).
11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. Uncle Ezra Tells Stories: Classic New England Tales (in the Towne House Garden).
12:00 & 4:00 p.m. Common Curiosities: A Tour of the Village Common (meets in front of the Center Meetinghouse).
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 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.
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 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!
Masks are required in all indoor spaces. Masks are optional outdoors. Please consider
putting on a mask when you are close to staff or other visitors. We appreciate your cooperation for your safety and ours.