Daily events are subject to change.
10:30 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. Poetry of the Season: A Reading of Spring Poems (in the Towne House Garden).
11:30 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. Meet a 19th Century Midwife: Learn about Childbirth in the 1830s (in the Towne House Lower Kitchen).
1:00 p.m. Celtic & Catholic Tour: Learn about Irish Immigrants in 1830s Massachusetts (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 at the Salem Towne House: Learn about the Towne Family’s musical background. Hear a selection of songs historically performed in the home on the flute and violin.
3:00 p.m. Life through the Lyrics: In the early romantic era of the 1830’s, song lyrics were a unique source of social commentary. Visit the Freeman Farm Parlor to see a selection of sheet music from our museum collection that provides an interesting view on love, loss, and… furniture?
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.
Cabinetmaking Shop (located next to the Center Meetinghouse) The cabinetmaker will typically be 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.
On the Farm At Freeman Farm, Fenno Barn, and Towne Barn you can find the sheep, chickens, and cattle that call OSV home. In the fields across campus, you may find our farmers hard at work with seasonal chores.
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 (at the Goods from the Woods exhibit).
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 a.m. – 12:00 pm and 1:30-3:50 p.m. 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 p.m. there is no Carryall operating.
Dining & Shopping
Oliver Wight Café (in the Oliver Wight Tavern Lobby)
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. serving chicken tenders, fries, soups, mac & cheese, salads & daily specials (hot food orders must be placed by 3:00 p.m.)
Bullard Café (on the Ground Floor)
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. serving 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, Joe Frogger cookies, and treats. Shop for Village-made wares, maple items, 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.