Daily events are subject to change.
Welcome to Earth Week at Old Sturbridge Village! There are many environmental issues that we face in the 21st century that 19th century New Englanders did not have to worry about (as much). Join us today to discuss these issues, such as extreme weather conditions, changing growing seasons, and pollution. Also, get an insider’s look into how OSV combats these issues and adapts our interpretation of the 19th century into a 21st century landscape. Enjoy your visit!
Earth Week Programming
Throughout the Day – Tending to the Bixby’s Garden
(at the Bixby Garden).
10:00 a.m. Getting the Bugs Out: Learn about 19th century techniques to control insects and disease (in the Bixby Garden).
10:30 a.m. Managing Invasive Species: A tour of the pasture walk with discussion about the invasive species that grow there (meets at the Woodland Walk).
11:00 a.m. Improving Soil Fertility: Using methods developed before 1840, several years ago we greatly increased soil fertility in the Freeman kitchen garden. We’ll give an overview of the process, and share suggestions for doing the same on your home grounds (in the Bixby Garden).
11:30 a.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).
12:00 p.m. Ploughman’s Folly: In 1943, soil scientist Edward Faulkner wrote “The fact is that no one has ever advanced a scientific reason for plowing.” We’ll discuss his book, giving specific recommendations for what we call “no till” or “low till” methods today (in the Bixby Garden).
1:00 p.m. Water Power Tour: Learn about the potential and limits of how New England’s landscape has been altered by man to harness the force of falling water to do various kinds of work (meets at the Gristmill).
2:00 p.m. How OSV Deals with Climate Change: Join OSV staff for a discussion on some of the ways we have adapted to today’s climate while maintaining a 19th century environment.
(in the Bullard Tavern Great Room).
3:00 p.m. Crop Failure: Why do plants sometimes not grow, and what do you do about it? Talk with a farmer to learn about why keeping your crops alive is so important (at the Freeman Garden).
10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. Uncomfortable Truths: A discussion about race in early New England (at the Friends Meetinghouse).
11:00 a.m. & 3:00 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).
4:00 p.m. Quakers in New England: Learn about the small but influential Society of Friends (in the Friends Meetinghouse).
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. 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