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 #16).
10:30 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. Debate on Women’s Rights Between 19th Century Activist Sarah 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, #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 a 19th Century Midwife: Learn about childbirth in 1830s (in the Salem Towne House Garden, #16).
12:30 p.m. Excerpts from a Letter by 19th Century Activist Angelina 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).
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)
10:00 a.m. Music at the Tavern: Hear a sampler of 1830s music (in the Bullard Tavern, Building # 3).
11:00 a.m. Parlor Music: Listen to a selection of parlor music (at the Fitch House, Building #21)
1:00 p.m. A Performance on the New England Bass Viol: Listen to and learn about the church bass or bass viol, an instrument which has not been played in nearly one and a half centuries. (in the Center Meetinghouse, Building #7).
3:30 p.m. Musical Highlights, the “Hurdy Gurdy”: Listen to this strange and unusual instrument (at the Bullard Tavern, Building #3).
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.
Please note tokens are nonrefundable. Unused tokens can be redeemed on a future visit.
(in the Booth next to the Miner Grant Store)
Instruction by Costumed Interpreter; make an item to take home.
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.
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.