Daily Schedule

DATE: MARCH 6, 2022
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Hours of Operation: 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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!

Performances
10:30 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. Quakers in Early New England: Learn about the Society of Friends Quaker Meetinghouse (in the Friends Meetinghouse).

11:30 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. Excerpts from letters by 19th century activist Sarah Grimke: Her response to concerns of women speaking in public in 1837

(in the Friends Meetinghouse).

1:00 p.m. Uncomfortable Truths: A discussion about discrimination in early New England

(in the Friends Meetinghouse).

Music Performances
10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Music at the Tavern: Hear a sampler of 1830s music (in the Bullard Tavern).

11:00 a.m. Parlor Music at the Salem Towne House: Learn about the Towne Family’s musical background. Hear a selection of songs historically performed in the home (at the Salem Towne 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.


Households
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. 

Freeman Farm Spring is around the corner, and with it, its own labors and concerns. Learn about seasonal food and domestic work on a traditional, middling farm as winter transitions into spring.

Trades

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.

Pottery Shop and Kiln Explore the world of pottery, see sugar molds being made and learn about pottery that was particularly useful in the colder months.

 

Community
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 Caf
é (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.