Daily Schedule

DATE: APRIL 21, 2022
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Exhibits open 9:30 AM to 5 PM

Daily events are subject to change.

Welcome to Earth Week at Old Sturbridge Village! Today, learn all about the importance of kitchen gardening in the 19th century. Help OSV’s gardeners plant seeds, then head to the households to see how those plants are used in the kitchen. Learn about some home and garden practices of the 19th century that you can use at home today! Enjoy your visit!

Earth Week Programming
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 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).

10:00 a.m. Sustainable Gardening Then and Now:
What can we learn from 19th century gardening techniques to promote healthy, environmentally-friendly gardens today? Join an OSV gardener to discuss best gardening practices (at the Freeman Garden).

11:00 a.m. Cooking Up Compost: :
Visit the Herb Garden compost bin and see how to turn your yard wastes and household garbage into a finished product that will enrich garden soil to grow healthier vegetables, herbs and flowers (in the Herb Garden).

1:00 p.m. Native Plants and Ecofriendly Gardening:
Discuss the best gardening practices and plants to grow to help the pollinators in your area (in the Towne Garden).

2:00 p.m. Reusing & Recycling:
19th Century versus Today. A discussion about reducing food waste and recycling foods in the early 19th century, and how we can incorporate those ideas into our lives today (in the Freeman Farmhouse).

3:00 p.m. The Impact of Animals:
Join a farmer to learn about farm animals and how impact our environment, despite their usefulness on the farm! (in the Freeman Garden)

Performances
10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. A Reading of Poetry for the Season:
Hear spring poems (in the Towne House Garden).

11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. Nature Myths:
Fanciful tales of how things came to be (in the Towne House Lower Kitchen).

1:00 & 4:00 p.m. Meet a 19th Cnetury Midwife:
Learn about childbirth in the 1830s (in the Towne House Lower Kitchen).

Music Performances

10:00 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.

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. Parlor Music at the Salem Towne House:
Learn about the Towne Family’s musical background and hear a selection of songs historically performed in the home.

Mill Demonstrations
10:00 a.m. Sawmill Demonstration
11:00 a.m. Gristmill Demonstration
1:00 p.m. Sawmill Demonstration
2:00 p.m. Gristmill Demonstration
3:00 p.m. Sawmill Demonstration

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 Caf
é (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