Daily events are subject to change.
Welcome to Old Sturbridge Village, a recreated 1830s rural New England town! Juneteenth is a day commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in 1865. More specifically, it marks the day in 1865 when troops arrived in Galveston Texas to ensure the freedom of those enslaved at the time, more than two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Today is a commemoration and exploration of the journey of African American people. We encourage visitors to consider the historical and present day significance of Juneteenth through interactions with guest speakers and performers as well as Old Sturbridge Village’s costumed educators. Join us for abbreviated readings of select Frederick Douglass speeches by Old Sturbridge Academy and the community. Engage in discussions and ask yourself “what can I do to further educate myself?” The past informs the present, future and the struggles that continue today.
10:00, 11:30 a.m., 12:00, & 3:30 p.m. Uncomfortable Truths Walking Tour: A discussion on race in Early New England (meets in front of the Center Meetinghouse, Building #7).
10:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. “All Men are Born Free and Equal”: Learn how Quock Walker, an enslaved man, used the language in the Massachusetts Constitution to win his freedom and to help bring an end to slavery in Massachusetts (in the Richardson House, Building # 13).
11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. Readings of Excerpts of Frederick Douglass Speeches by Old Sturbridge Academy Students, Nana, and Community Members (in the Center Meetinghouse, Building #7).
12:00-2:00 p.m. Addie Lee’s Soul Food of Worcester, MA: Try a complimentary sample of traditional soul food from this restaurant in our local community (in the booth in front of the Bullard Tavern, Building #3).
1:00 p.m. Hear Gospel singer Sharon Henderson-Jones and view vintage African American church hats from the estate of Jeffrie Swain, Wilmington NC via her Goddaughter Tyra Sidberry Dorchester, MA.
(in the Gebhardt Barn, Building #14).
Craft on the Common
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. & 1:00-2:00 p.m. Make a Juneteenth wristlet craft with Cardethia Moore, of Waistbeads by Cardethia (in the Booth on the Common across from the Miner Grant Store, Building #19).
10:00 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Nature Myths: Fanciful tales about how things came to be
(in the Salem Towne House Garden, Building #16).
12:30 p.m. Living By the Bell: Recollections about the Lowell Factory Girls by a boarding house mistress (in the Towne House Garden, Building #16).
3:30 p.m. Milking Demonstration
(at the Freeman Farm, Building #36).
10:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. Music at the Tavern: Hear a sampler of 1830s music (in the Bullard Tavern, Building # 3).
2:00 p.m. Musical Highlights, the “Hurdy Gurdy”: Listen to this strange and unusual instrument at the Bullard Tavern, Building #3).
3:00 p.m. Guitar Making: Old Sturbridge Village is reproducing an 1830s classical guitar. Watch our luthier prepare and start the guitar making process. Learn about the history of the guitar in New England (at the Bullard Tavern, Building #3).
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.
Scoop Shop (Building # 25) 12:00 – 4:00 pm:
Gifford’s ice cream and cold beverages available.
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! Today we are proud to feature products from Akosua’s Closet and Waistbeads by Cardethia Moore in our Miner Grant Store.
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.
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).