Daily events are subject to change.
Welcome to Old Sturbridge Village, a recreated 1830s rural New England town! This summer we are excited to welcome families to play parlor games in the Bixby House, help tend a garden, and see a milking demonstration at the Freeman Farm. Around the Village see if you can spot catchfly, daisies, and columbine in bloom. Our farmers and gardeners are tending to the gardens and seasonal chores, and of course, our farm animals always enjoy a visitor too. On the Common you will see Revolutionary War reenactors from local states setting up for our Redcoats and Rebels event taking place this weekend. Visitors are welcome to engage with them and ask questions.
Family Friendly Programming
10:00 a.m. Meet the Calf (at the Freeman Farm, Building #36)
3:30 p.m. Milking Demonstration
(at the Freeman Farm, Building #36)
Towne House Lower Kitchen: Making butter & soft cheese
9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. & 2:00-4:00 p.m. (Building #16)
Bixby House: Play 19th century parlor games – Try your hand at Jacob’s Ladder, Ball and Cup, and Buzz Saw
2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. (Building #38)
Freeman Farmhouse: Making a Hard Cheese 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Building #36).
10:00 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. An Excerpt From a Letter by 19th Century Activist Sarah Grimke: Her response to a letter about women speaking publicly (in the Friends Meetinghouse, Building #6).
11:00 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. A pickle for the knowing ones: The eccentric life of “Lord” Timothy Dexter of Newburyport (in the Gephardt Barn, Building #14.)
12:00 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. Read Me a Story: A read-aloud children’s story (in the Visitor Center inside Kidstory, Building #2).
10:00 a.m. Music at the Tavern: Hear a sampler of 1830s music (in the Bullard Tavern, Building #3).
11:00 a.m. Music Education: (at the Richardson House, Building #13).
3:30 p.m. Musical Highlights, the “Hurdy Gurdy”: Listen to this strange and unusual instrument
(in the Bullard Tavern, Building #3).
1:30 p.m. Children’s Gardening Chores: Children of all ages can help with gardening chores such as watering, weeding, and pest patrol (at the Freeman Garden, #36).
The Carryall (weather permitting)
We offer a horse-drawn carryall ride included with the price of admission. From 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. 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 available.
Bullard Café (Building #3) (on the Ground Floor)
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. sandwiches and beverages available.
Scoop Shop (Building # 25) 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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!
Ox & Yoke Mercantile (Building #1)
10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Take home a traditional rural New England treasure or locally made gift. Village-made crafts and kits, home décor, books, and more await! We stay open a bit later than the rest of the Village.
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.
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).