Daily events are subject to change.
1:30 p.m. Children’s Chores: Children of all ages can help with gardening chores such as watering, weeding, and pest patrol (at the Freeman Garden, #36).
2:00 p.m. A Tour of the Herb Garden: Tomato Culture: Learn about our most popular vegetable from its early history to caring for tomatoes in our gardens today (at the Herb Garden, #32).
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)
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.
2:00-4:00 p.m. Ride the Stagecoach|$3.00 per person.
Hundreds of stagecoaches linked most towns in early New England, carrying passengers and mail on set schedules. Today the stagecoach circles our historic common. Purchase a $3.00 token at the Visitor Center or the Miner Grant Store. Picks up outside the Bullard Tavern. Please note tokens are nonrefundable. Unused tokens can be redeemed on a future visit.
10:00 a.m. Common Curiosities: A stroll around the town center discussing its evolution and importance (meets in front of the Center Meetinghouse, Building #7).
11:00 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. Uncomfortable Truths Tour: Race in Early New England (meets at the Small House, Building #5).
12:00 p.m. A Dentist Comes to Town: Learn about Dentistry in the 1830s (in the Gebhardt Barn, Building #14).
1:30 p.m. Phrenology: The Science of the Mind – Learn about a hot new “Science” of the 1830s and its influence on society (in the Gebhardt Barn, Building #14).
2:30 p.m. Tales of a Yankee Peddler (in the Gebhardt Barn, Building #14).
10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. Music on the Common: Hear a selection of period music outside the Fenno House (outside the Fenno House, Building #23).
11:00 a.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
(in the Bullard Tavern, Building #3).
Old Sturbridge Village’s new exhibit, Needle and Thread:
The Art and Skill of Clothing an Early 19th Century Family highlights the responsibilities held by rural New England housewives in constructing new garments, patching, mending, and darning worn items, and repurposing old items into new wardrobes. (in the Dennison Building, #28)
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. A variety of lunch options and beverages.
Scoop Shop (Building # 25) 12:00 – 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.
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).
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.