Daily Schedule


Hours of Operation: 10:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Daily events are subject to change.

Please Note the Village Opens at 10:30 AM September 9, 2022

11:00 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. Meet the Fate Lady: A popular attraction at Charitable Society fairs (in the Richardson House, Building #13).

12:00 & 3:30 p.m. Fashion Delights: What’s in style in the 1830s? (in the Asa Knight Store, Building #11).

1:30 p.m. A Guided Tour of the Lighting Exhibit: Learn about historical lighting devices (in the Early Lighting Exhibit, Building #30).

Music Performances
11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. Parlor Music: Listen to a selection of parlor music (at the Fitch House, Building #21).

1:00 p.m. Music at the Tavern: Hear a sampler of 1830s music (in the Bullard Tavern, Building #3).

3:30 p.m. Musical Highlights, the “Hurdy Gurdy”:

Listen to this strange and unusual instrument (at the Bullard Tavern, Building #3).

10:30 a.m. Meet the Calf (at the Freeman Farm, Building #36)

3:30 p.m. Milking Demonstration
(at the Freeman Farm, Building #36)


11:30 a.m.
A Cook’s Tour of the Freeman Garden: Come and discover the vegetables grown in a 19th century kitchen garden and the common receipts that employ them (at the Freeman Garden, #36).

Talk and Book Signing with John Wood Sweet
1:00 p.m. Join us at the Ox & Yoke Mercantile (inside Building #1) for a talk and book signing of John Wood Sweet’s new book The Sewing Girl’s Tale.

About the book: Based on extraordinary historical detective work, Lanah Sawyer’s story takes us from a chance encounter on a 1790s New York City street into the squalor of the city’s sexual underworld, the sanctuaries of the elite, and the despair of its debtors’ prison—a world where reality was always threatened by hope and deceit. It reveals how much has changed over the past two centuries—and how much has not.

John Wood Sweet is a professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and former director of UNC’s Program in Sexuality Studies.

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. The exhibit features over a dozen garments and accessories, along with other textile and clothing objects from the Old Sturbridge Village Museum Collections.
(in the Dennison Building, #28)

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) 10:30 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.

Miner Grant Store & Bake Shop
(Building #19)
10:30 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)
10:30 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).

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