Daily events are subject to change.
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Welcome to Earth Week at Old Sturbridge Village! What is climate change and how does it impact humans and the environment? Throughout the day join OSV’s interpreters to learn the differences between weather and climate, how climate has changed from the 19th century to today, and the history of the environmental movement. Enjoy your visit!
10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. Quakers in New England: Learn about the small but influential Society of Friends (in the Friends Meetinghouse).
11:00 a.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).
4:00 p.m. A Guided Tour of the Towne House (meets in the Hallway inside the Towne House).
Earth Week Programming
Throughout the Day – Preparing the Freeman Garden for Planting (in the Freeman Garden).
10:00 a.m. The Impact of Animals (in the Freeman Farm).
11:00 a.m. History of the Environmental Movement (in the Freeman Farm).
12:00 p.m. Let’s Talk About the Weather (in the Towne Garden).
1:00 p.m. Farming Practices Then and Now (in the Freeman Farm).
2:00 p.m. Water Power Tour (in the meets at the Gristmill).
3:00 p.m. Let’s Talk About the Weather (in the Towne Garden).
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.
Tin Shop Experience our Tinners creating authentic reproductions of household items made from tinned sheet iron.
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.
The Carryall (weather permitting)
We offer a horse-drawn carryall ride included with the price of admission. From 10:30 am-2:00 pm you can board behind the Bullard Tavern or in front of the Blacksmith Shop about every 20 minutes for a ride around the Mill Pond. There is no Carryall operating outside of these times.
Small House Costumed interpreters are here to help you understand the past as it relates to the present. Make this your first stop to say “good day” and orient yourself to our 1830s Village.
Fitch House Spring is exciting for everyone, farmers’ and mechanics’ families alike! Stop by here to see how a non-farming family might change how they feed their family as the weather continues to warm.
Dining & Shopping
Oliver Wight Café (in the Oliver Wight Tavern Lobby)
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. pastries and hot and cold beverages available.
Bullard Café (on the Ground Floor)
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. sandwiches and beverages available.
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 (indicated by “Cabinetmaking Exhibit” on the map), and 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