Daily events are subject to change.
Welcome to Earth Week at Old Sturbridge Village! Today at the Village you can help farmers and gardeners for the upcoming growing season! Try your hand at planting seeds in the gardens. You can also join OSV’s interpreters to learn about best practices to help your farm or garden thrive! Enjoy your visit!
Earth Week Programming
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Help Plant the Freeman’s Garden: Now that the ground is thawed and the garden is plowed, it’s time to start planting! Join interpreters in planting some of our first crops of the season! (at the Freeman Farm).
11:00 a.m. Plants for a Better Environment: Learn about the best plants to grow in your area to help rejuvenate the environment and help feed our pollinators (in the Towne Garden).
12:00 p.m. Good Bugs, Bad Bugs: Kids of all ages can gather to learn about the many bugs that are good for the environment, and hear a story about helpful honey bees! (at the Richardson Garden).
1:00 p.m. Extending Your Growing Season: Sometimes it’s hard to wait to start gardening! Learn about some ways that you can start your plants early, such as starting seeds indoors, forcing your bulbs, or even using a garden frame! (in the Bullard Great Room).
2:00 p.m. Crop Failure (at the Freeman Garden).
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Help Plant the Freeman’s Garden: Now that the ground is thawed and the garden is plowed, it’s time to start planting! Join interpreters in planting some of our first crops of the season! (at the Freeman Farm).
3:00 p.m. Agricultural Stewardship: Join an OSV farmer to talk about the best farming practices that help us be stewards of the environment (in the Freeman Farm).
10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. A Reading of excerpts from letters by 19th century activist Sarah Grimke: Her response to concerns of women speaking in public in 1837 (in the Friends Meetinghouse).
11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. Uncomfortable Truths: A discussion about race in early New England (at the Friends Meetinghouse)
4:00 p.m. Quakers in New England: Learn about the small but influential Society of Friends (in the Friends Meetinghouse).
11:00 a.m. Musical Highlights, the Concertina: Learn about this free reed instrument that was first imported to New England in the 1830’s. (In Bullard Tavern).
2:00 p.m. Musical Highlights, the Concertina: Learn about this free reed instrument that was first imported to New England in the 1830’s. (In Bullard Tavern)
4:00 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 Towne Garden to learn about a selection of lyrics from our museum collection.
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 1:30-4:30 pm you can board behind the Bullard Tavern or in front of the Blacksmith Shop, Asa Knight Store, or Miner Grant Store about every 40 minutes for a ride around the Countryside. From 12:00-1:30 pm there is no Carryall operating.
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