Daily Schedule

DATE: MAY 6, 2022
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Exhibits open 9:30 AM to 5 PM

Daily events are subject to change.

Welcome to Old Sturbridge Village, a recreated 1830s rural New England town! Today is Better World Day, an annual, national event showcasing student learning that contributes to a better world. See our Blacksmith working on tools and food being prepared by an open hearth with the remains of last year’s harvest, anxiously awaiting the new spring growth. Our farmers and gardeners are industriously preparing the soil for the planting season, and of course, our farm animals, including newborn lambs, always enjoy a visitor too. Enjoy your visit!

Better World Day

Throughout the day you may see students in grades K-7 from Old Sturbridge Academy working on their Better World Day project titled “Lifting Every Voice.” The students will be collaboratively authoring an original book about civil rights leaders, citizens, events, buildings, and objects from New England during the 19th century, focusing on stories that have been pushed to the margins. Today they will look at primary sources, participate in hands-on experiences, and interview costumed historians.

Performances
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, Building #6).

11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m.  Uncomfortable Truths
: A discussion about discrimination in early New England (in the Friends Meetinghouse, Building #6).

1:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. Quakers in Early New England
: Learn about the Society of Friends (in the Friends Meetinghouse, Building #6).

Households
Small House (Building #5) 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 (Building #21) 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.

Trades
Tin Shop
(Building #15) Experience our Tinners creating authentic reproductions of household items made from tinned sheet iron.

Pottery Shop and Kiln
(Building #34) Explore the world of pottery and see pots being made at the potter’s wheel.

Farm

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-2:30 pm you can board behind the Bullard Tavern (#3) or in front of the Blacksmith Shop (#39) about every 20 minutes for a ride around the Mill Pond. There is no Carryall operating outside of these times.

Dining & Shopping
Oliver Wight Café
(Building #1)
(in the Oliver Wight Tavern Lobby)
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. pastries & beverages
Bullard Caf
é (Building #3) (on the Ground Floor)
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. sandwiches and beverages.
Miner Grant Store & Bake Shop (Building #19)
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 (#2C), Countryside Gallery (#40), and Armed & Equipped Militia Exhibit (#26).

The Environmental Point of View
Woodland Walk (#47) A short hike along Pogus Brook to a wooded viewing platform.
Pasture Walk (#49) Takes you to the top of Powder House Hill, offering views of the pastured landscape.
River Walk (#50) 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