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. 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 learn about historical woodworking through presentations, demonstrations, and more. Please follow occupancy guidelines and signs posted outside buildings. Enjoy your visit!
Throughout the Day:
- 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
2:00 p.m. Firing a Barrel (at the Cooper Shop)
Small House Splint basket weaving and chair bottoming or 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. Nature Myths: Fanciful tales about how things came to be (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. Pirate Tales: Stories about swashbuckling, but nasty, pirates in New England (in the Friends Meetinghouse).
Musket Demonstrations will happen at 1:00 p.m. Watch our interpreters load and fire a flintlock musket, near the Bullard Tavern.
3:30 p.m. Milking Demonstration
(at the Freeman Farm)
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
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 (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.
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.