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. Irresistible Irish Tales: Traditional tales from Ireland (in the Towne House Lower Kitchen).
11:30 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. A Reading of Irish Poetry: Poems from the 5th to the 19th Century (in the Towne House Lower Kitchen).
1:00 p.m. Meet 19th Century Irish Immigrant Mary Culligan: Recollections of the Irish immigration experience in the early 19th Century (in the Towne House Lower Kitchen).
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).
1:00 p.m. Stencil Making: See how artists in the 1830s drew and cut paper stencils for reverse glass paintings (in the Fitch House).
2:00 p.m. Music & Manuscripts: Winter is the perfect time to learn about music in New England! Stop by the Freeman Farm Parlor to learn about singing schools, the influx of new songs, and creating music manuscripts.
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.
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.
Tin Shop Experience our tinners producing authentic reproductions of the sugar boxes and graters.
Printing Office Small printing offices often worked for publishers in Philadelphia, New York, or Boston, printing and binding books for sale anywhere in New England. They often also did smaller printing jobs for local people.
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.
Asa Knight Store Country stores carried products that local households needed including sugar. Visit with our shopkeepers to see the varieties of goods available.
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.