Daily events are subject to change.
Welcome to Old Sturbridge Village, a recreated 1830s rural New England town! In celebration of Patriots’ Day we are exploring the stories of Patriots who helped lay the groundwork for the founding of our country during the American Revolution as well as military history from the 19th and 20th centuries. Through military drills, musket demonstrations, and more, guest re-enactors from across New England representing military units from several different wars will bring the stories of the American military to life. You can also see our blacksmith forging of parts for a flintlock, hear period music and talk to a surgeon to learn about medical care during the War of 1812. Enjoy your visit!
Patriots’ Weekend Programming
9:45 a.m. Flag raising with Fife and Drum (on the Common).
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. & 2:00-4:00 p.m. Uniform Construction: Learn more about the tailoring skills that have been used to create uniforms worn by American soldiers throughout the country’s early history. Join staff from the Historical Clothing office for an up close look at how a variety of uniforms were constructed and worn. (in the Bullard Tavern).
10:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. Firearm demonstrations (at the field next to the Blacksmith Shop).
11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. Cannon Demonstration: See a Civil War artillery demonstration done by Corbin’s Battery (at the field next to the Blacksmith Shop).
1:00 p.m. Procession of Military Patriots (on the Common).
2:00 p.m. Screening of The Borinqueneers: A film that chronicles the never-before told story of the Puerto Rican 65th Infantry Regiment, the only all-Hispanic unit in U.S. Army history. (Length: 78 minutes; in the Visitor Center Theater)
Blacksmith Shop Our smiths are hard at work forging flintlock musket parts.
Tin Shop Experience our Tinners creating authentic reproductions of canteens made from tinned sheet iron.
Cooper Shop Coopers make round wooden containers including pails, tubs, and barrels for their neighbors. Today see them working on wooden canteens.
10:00 a.m. & 2:00 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).
12:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. Quakers in New England: Learn about the small but influential Society of Friends (in the Friends Meetinghouse).
1:30 p.m. The Future of Farming: Progressive farming in the 1830s (meets at the Towne House Barn).
10:00 a.m. Patriotic Tunes: Listen to a variety of patriotic tunes from the revolutionary war era through the early 19th century (in the Gebhardt Barn).
2:00 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 Gebhardt Barn parlor to learn about a selection of lyrics from our museum collection
3:00 p.m. Marches and Quicksteps: Learn about a selection of period marches and quicksteps (in the Gebhardt Barn).
Dining & Shopping
Oliver Wight Café (in the Oliver Wight Tavern Lobby)
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. serving chicken tenders, fries, soups, mac & cheese, salads & daily specials (hot food orders must be placed by 4:00 p.m.)
Bullard Café (on the Ground Floor)
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. sandwiches and beverages.
Miner Grant Store & Bake Shop 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Stop in to buy our famous chocolate chip cookies, Joe Frogger cookies, and treats. Shop for Village-made wares, heirloom seeds, historical children’s toys and gifts, too!
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, and Armed & Equipped Militia Exhibit.
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.
Upgrade your tickets to a year-long Membership!
Save your receipt and within 30 days you can apply daytime admission tickets towards a membership. A Family Membership starts at just $105 and is valid for a full year! For more info visit www.osv.org