Daily events are subject to change.
Welcome to Old Sturbridge Village, a recreated 1830s rural New England town! Fall is an exciting time here. See if you can spot coreopsis, sneezeweed, and marigolds in bloom. See our Blacksmith working on tools for our Cabinetmaking Shop and food being prepared by an open hearth with the remains of last year’s harvest, anxiously awaiting the autumn harvest. Our farmers and gardeners are preparing for the harvest, and of course, our farm animals always enjoy a visitor too. You may catch a glimpse of our yearlings Red and Don training. Please follow occupancy guidelines and signs posted outside buildings. Enjoy your visit!
Sheep Butchering At the Freeman Farm and Farmhouse
9:30 am to 2:00 pm The crops and animals raised on our farms are used throughout the year in our daily hearth cooking programs. We recognize this is a sensitive topic for many visitors, please use your own discretion.
10:00 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. Traditional Fairy Tales for All Ages: Well-loved, magical stories (in the Bullard Tavern).
10:30 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. Nature Myths: Fanciful tales about how things came to be (in the Friends Meetinghouse).
11:30 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. A Reading of New England Poetry: Poems by Longfellow and other 19th Century poets (in the Towne House Ballroom).
12:00 p.m. Spirited Tales: Ghost stories from New England (in the Bullard Tavern).
1:00 p.m. A Reading from “A Christmas Carol”: An abridged reading of Charles Dicken’s classic (in front of the Center Meetinghouse).
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 the dairying the women of this family did from home.
Fitch House Autumn is exciting for everyone, farmers’ and mechanics’ families alike! Stop by here to see how a non-farming family might change how they feed their family as a wider array of food is available from home and neighbors alike.
11:00 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Music at the Tavern: Hear a sampler of 1830s music (in the Bullard Tavern)
3:00 p.m. Milking Demonstration
(at the Freeman Farm)
Cabinetmaking Shop 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.
Musket Demonstrations will happen at 1:00 p.m.
Watch our interpreters load and fire a flintlock musket, near the Bullard Tavern.
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.
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. – 3:00 p.m. soups, sandwiches and beverages.
Miner Grant Store & Bake Shop 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 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!
Holiday Market & Café (in the Oliver Wight Tavern) 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Come shop the Village’s unique selection of Christmas ornaments and décor, holiday gifts and treats, as well as Village made pottery, tin, and iron crafts. The café will feature hot and cold beverages and some sweet treats.
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.