Daily events are subject to change.
10:00 a.m. & 1:30 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. & 2:30 p.m. A Pickle for the knowing ones: Readings from the work of the eccentric Timothy Dexter
(in the Gebhardt Barn, Building #14).
12:00 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. Quakers in New England: Learn about the Society of Friends (in the Friends Meetinghouse, Building #6).
10:00 a.m. Luthiery: Learn how musical instruments were repaired and serviced in the 19th-century. See how a violin is repaired by our luthiers in the Gebhardt Barn, Building #14.
Towne House Lower Kitchen: Making butter & soft cheese from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. & 2:00-4:00 p.m.
3:30 p.m. Milking Demonstration
(at the Freeman Farm, Building #36)
2:30-4:00 p.m. Make a Punched Tin Ornament| $3.00 per craft
Purchase a $3.00 token for Crafts at the Visitor Center or 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.
(in the Booth next to the Miner Grant Store)
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!
10:30 a.m. A Tour of the Fitch Children’s Garden: A guided tour of the Fitch Children’s Garden, based on Joseph Breck’s “The Young Florist” (1833). Explore Breck’s use of curious plants and garden design as a teaching tool for children (and adults)! (at the Fitch Garden, Building #21).
1:30 p.m. Gardening Then and Now: What can we learn from 19th century gardening techniques to promote healthy, environmentally-friendly gardens today? Join an OSV gardener to discuss best gardening practices (at the Freeman Garden, #36).
You may see demonstrations of logs milled into lumber at the Sawmill and grains ground into fine meal at the Gristmill.
10:00 a.m., 1:00, & 3:00 p.m. Sawmill Demonstration
11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. Gristmill Demonstration (Building #42)
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 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.