Daily events are subject to change.
Welcome to Old Sturbridge Village, a recreated 1830s rural New England town! It is Women’s History Weekend at OSV. We would like to give you a glimpse into a day in the lives of 19th century women. Learn about the ordinary women who were the backbone of everyday life. Visit with the extraordinary women who stepped out of the role society envisioned for them and inspired the world of change we know today. How did women see themselves? How did society view the woman’s sphere? How do we view their lives today? Enjoy your visit!
Women’s History Programming
10:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. Living By the Bell: Recollections of the Lowell Factory Girls by an 1830s Boarding house mistress (in the Salem Towne House Lower Kitchen, Building #13).
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. & 1:30-4:00 p.m. Sewing & Quilting Bee: Talk with women of the community who have come together to work on a collaborative quilt project (in the Gebhardt Barn, Building #14).
10:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. Debate on Women’s Rights Between 19th Century Activist Angelina Grimke & 19th Century Author Catherine Beecher (in the Friends Meetinghouse, Building #6).
11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. A Demonstration of Botanical Sketching with Pencil and Watercolors (in the Salem Towne House Garden, Building #16).
11:30 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. A World to Win: Women Missionaries Learn about early women missionaries (in the Center Meeting House, Building #7).
12:00 & 3:30 p.m. Meet 19th Century Midwife: Learn about childbirth in 1830s (in the Salem Towne House Garden, Building #16).
12:30 p.m. Excerpts from a Letter by 19th Century Activist Sarah Grimke: Her response to concerns of women speaking in public in 1837 (in the Friends Meetinghouse, Building #6).
1:30 p.m. Join the discussion: Should We Form a Maternal Association? Talk about present day attitudes on child rearing in contrast to those of the 1830s
(in the Fitch House, Building #21).
Printing Office (Building #18) Young women were an important part of this trade, working in the bookbindery and as proofreaders. Small printing offices would often work for publishers in Boston, New York, or Philadelphia. Printers would bind and sell books for sale anywhere in New England.
11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. Gristmill Demonstration: You may see demonstrations of grains ground into fine meal at the Gristmill (Building #42).
10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. Women in Music: From Felicia Hemans to Clara Wieck (Schumann), let’s talk about the exceptional women writing, composing, and performing music in the early 19th century (at the Fitch House, Building #21).
11:00 a.m. & 4:00 p.m. Music from the Towne House: Come explore the collection of music owned by Sally Towne and learn about her experience as a young musician from Charlton, MA. (at the Towne House, Building #16)
3:00 p.m. Parlor Music: Listen to a selection of parlor music
(at the Fitch House, Building #21).
10:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. Curator’s Pick: OSV’s Inspiring Women Learn about several inspiring women, their lives, careers and the objects they left behind. The women represented in the Old Sturbridge Village collection led very different but very interesting lives. (in the Friends Meetinghouse, Building #6)
On the Farm At Freeman Farm (#36), Fenno Barn (#23), and Towne Barn (#16) 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.
3:30 p.m. Milking Demonstration
(at the Freeman Farm, Building #36).
2:30-4:00 p.m. Decorate a Clay Ornament| $3 per craft
Purchase a $3 token for Crafts at the Visitor Center or the Miner Grant Store.
(in the Booth next to the Miner Grant Store)
Instruction by Costumed Interpreter; make an item to take home.
Please note tokens are nonrefundable. Unused tokens can be redeemed on a future visit.
10:30 a.m. French and English: Pick a side! Participate in a game of tug of war on the Common.
2:30 p.m. Play 19th Century Base Ball: “Play Ball” following rules adapted from The Book of Sports and other 19th century sources. (meets on the Common).
4:00 p.m. Toy Hot Air Balloon: Join us on the Common for a demonstration (or two!) of a fascinating diversion enjoyed by children in the early 1800s, a toy hot air balloon flight!
The Carryall (weather permitting)
We offer a horse-drawn carryall ride included with the price of admission. From 10:00 am-1:00 pm and 2:30-4:50 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 Café (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.