Daily events are subject to change.
Welcome to Old Sturbridge Village, a recreated 1830s rural New England town! Thanksgiving was one of the biggest holidays of the 1830s, and one of abundant merriment and glee, like that which we might associate with Christmas today. Every weekend we are preparing for the holiday, harvesting, baking and even practicing for the turkey shoot! Our farmers and gardeners are bringing in the last of 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!
Throughout the Day
Hog Butchering At the Freeman Farm & Farmhouse
Join us to see how we turn a pig into meat for the table. We will demonstrate the process starting in the barn with scraping, removing innards, and halving the cleaned carcass. Inside the farmhouse blood sausage is being made and the organs are fried to eat today. 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.
11:00 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Music at the Tavern: Hear a sampler of 1830s music (in the Bullard Tavern)
10:30 a.m & 2:00 p.m. Meet the Schoolmaster: Learn about schooling in the 1830s (in the District School).
11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. “The Peddler’s Life for Me”: A peddler shares tales of his adventures (in the Bullard Tavern).
1:00 p.m. Hit the Trail: Stagecoach tales & 1830s travel advice (in the Bullard Tavern).
3:00 p.m. Milking Demonstration (at the Freeman Farm)
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.
Freeman Farm Thanksgiving is nearly here at last, but the family’s work has only just begun. Learn how families took advantage of dropping temperatures, and recently filled larders, to prepare plentiful feasts of meats (not just turkey), pies, vegetables, gravies, sauces and more; freezing the food in their homes until the big day.
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.
1:00 p.m. Practicing for a Turkey Shoot: Watch costumed historians prepare for the upcoming turkey shoot (near the Graveyard).
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 (weather permitting)
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 – 3:30 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 – 3:30 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. – 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. 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 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.