Daily events are subject to change.
Craft Weekend Programming
Throughout the Day:
New England Lace Makers Group: Originating in the 15th Century in Europe, bobbin lace has a long tradition in most European countries and is still made around the world. Using a firm cushion or pillow, the lace is made using a pricking (pattern) and threads wound on bobbins. Modern day lace makers recreate this historic craft (in the Bullard Tavern Taproom, Building #3).
Freeman Farm – See our farmers carving a yoke for the oxen. A common tool used by farmers was the yoke. A yoke is a wooden bar or frame by which two draft animals (such as oxen) are joined at the heads or necks for working together.
Blacksmith Shop – Ironing a Yoke for the Oxen: Making the hardware for a yoke is a common task that blacksmiths would be asked to do in the 19th century. Today the blacksmiths will be forging and installing the staple, ring, and fittings for an ox yoke. This yoke will be fit to our very own Don and Red when they are full grown (Building #39).
Shoe Shop – Making Ladys’ Fancy Slippers: The shoemakers are making women’s fancy slippers with silk uppers (Building #10).
Cabinetmaking Shop – Windsor chair making: This craft involves a range of traditional woodworking skills including splitting and shaving green wood, steam bending, wood turning, and seat carving (Building #8).
Tin Shop – Peddler’s Trunk: A peddler is a traveling salesman of the 19th Century. While most peddlers had horse drawn carriages, many local peddlers used trunks (Building #15).
Pottery Shop – Kiln Firing: Stop by to talk with our potters about the kiln firing process. The Village’s kiln is a replica based on archaeological research at the original site of Hervey Brooks’ Pottery Shop and kiln in Goshen, CT (Building #34).
Small House – Basket Making: Basket making is, and was, a skill usually handed down through generations. Several English and Native American people where making splint baskets of black ash in central Massachusetts as a way of making a bit of extra income. Stop by to see some utilitarian basketry being done by Village costumed crafters (Building #5).
Cooper Shop – Firing a Barrel: See the coopers prepare and fire their barrels. This process involves heating and bending the sides with an open flame, which creates the distinctive barrel shape (Building #37).
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Weaving a Tablecloth and Spinning Wool (at the Fenno House, Building #23).
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. How to Weave a Chair Seat: See how cattail plants are woven into a chair seat. Learn about the historical practice of chair weaving (outside the Small House, Building #5).
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Women in the Needle Trades: Sewing for Others (in the Fitch House, Building #21).
10:00 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. A Guided Tour of the Salem Towne House: Tour the home of a prosperous farmer (meets in the hallway of the Salem Towne House, Building #16).
11:00 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. Life on the Moon: The latest lunar findings of the 1830s (in the Gebhardt Barn, Building #14).
12:00 p.m. Meet the Schoolmistress: Learn about school in the 1830s (in the District School, Building #33).
2:00 p.m. A Tour of the Herb Garden: Useful Weeds: Although they have a bad rap, some weeds may be worth keeping around! Join a gardener to identify these useful weeds and how they may benefit you (at the Herb Garden, #32).
10:00 a.m. Music on the Common: Listen to a selection of 1830s songs (outside the Fenno House, Building #23).
12:30 p.m. Violin Bow Re-hairing: Learn about the history of violin family instruments in New England. See how a violin bow is re-haired (in the Gebhardt Barn, Building #14).
2:00 p.m. Music on the Farm: Hear a variety of 1830s songs (outside the Freeman Farm, Building #36).
3:30 p.m. Hurdy Gurdy Music & Dance: Listen to this strange and unusual instrument and learn a dance (outside the Fenno House, Building #23).
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.