Daily events are subject to change.
Welcome to Old Sturbridge Village, a recreated 1830s rural New England town! For many at Old Sturbridge Village, the first whiff of spring is not the aroma of freshly sprung flowers – it is the smell of wood smoke and maple syrup, a sure sign that the sap is rising and spring is on the way. See the entire sugar-making process, from tapping the trees to “sugaring off,” and learn why maple sugar was more commonly used than maple syrup in early New England. Our farmers are industriously preparing for the spring season, and of course, our farm animals always enjoy a visitor too. Enjoy your visit!
10:30 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. Uncle Ezra Unpacks His Peddler’s Trunk: What goods were for sale in the 1830s? (in the Towne House Lower Kitchen).
11:30 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. William Lloyd Garrison & Anti-slavery: An informative talk about a prominent abolitionist of the 1830s (in the Friends Meetinghouse).
1:00 p.m. Uncomfortable Truths: A discussion about racism in early New England (meets in front of the Center Meetinghouse).
10:00 a.m. Music at the Tavern: Hear a sample of 1830s fiddle tunes (in the Bullard Tavern).
11:00 a.m. Parlor Music: Listen to a selection of formal parlor music (at the Fitch House).
Small House Making syrup is only half the work! Stop here to see how families cooked down maple syrup into more desirable sugar loaves.
Fitch House Visit to see a hearth cooking demonstration and to learn how families might have incorporated maple sugar into the foods they prepared.
Bixby House The Bixbys, like many families, earned their income from several different sources. Visit to learn about the work the women of this family did from home such as braiding straw and sewing shoe uppers.
Cabinetmaking Shop (located next to the Center Meetinghouse) This month our cabinetmaker is typically working with wood from maple trees. Explore the different uses of maple, a hardwood, in furniture building.
Blacksmith Shop Our smiths are hard at work forging components for the Stagecoach, a closed horse-drawn vehicle used to carry passengers.
Shoe Shop Find a shoemaker “bottoming” men’s and boy’s work shoes for wholesale to the Southern and Western states. Some of the shoes for the South were meant for enslaved workers.
Asa Knight Store Country stores carried products that local households needed including sugar. Visit with our shopkeepers to see the varieties of goods available.
Sugar Camp See how maple trees are tapped and how the sap is collected and boiled down to syrup. Learn from the farmers about how to choose the right trees and recognize the right season to begin sugaring.
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.
The Carryall (weather permitting)
We offer a horse-drawn carryall ride included with the price of admission. From 10:00 am-12:00 pm and 1:30-3:50 pm you can board behind the Bullard Tavern or in front of the Blacksmith Shop, or Asa Knight Store about every 40 minutes for a ride around the Countryside. From 12:00-1:30 pm there is no Carryall operating.
Dining & Shopping
Bullard Café (on the Ground Floor)
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 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!
The Environmental Point of View
Woodland Walk A short hike along Pogus Brook to a wooded viewing platform.
Pasture Walk Takes you to the top of Powder House Hill, offering views of the pastured landscape.
River Walk Best views of the Wight Dam and a peaceful setting to enjoy the Quinebaug River.
Please note all walks are open but are not maintained. Icy conditions may be present.