Daily events are subject to change.
10:00 a.m. Meet the Calf (at the Freeman Farm, Building #36)
3:00 p.m. Milking Demonstration
(at the Freeman Farm, Building #36)
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. & 1:30-3:30 p.m. Turkey Shoot:
While beginning to fall out of favor by the 1830s, competitive turkey shoots were still fairly common New England events in the fall and early winter. Participants would pay cash to shoot at nearly impossible ranges to try to win their own bird. Watch costumed historians recreate one of these events with replica firearms of the period (behind the Cabinetmaking Shop, Building #8).
10:30 a.m. & 1:00 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).
11:30 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. A Reading of a letter by 19th Century Activist Sarah Grimke: Her response to a letter about women speaking publicly (in the Richardson House, Building #13).
12:30 p.m. Musket Demonstration: Watch our interpreters load and fire a flintlock musket (near the Bullard Tavern, Building #3).
3:00 p.m. Read Me a Story: A special read –aloud story about Mumbet, the slave who asked for her freedom
(in the Richardson House, Building #13).
Civics & Religion
12:00 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. Tour of the Ministers House: See how a Minister & his family lived in the 19th Century (in the Richardson House, Building #13).
10:00 a.m. Parlor Music: Listen to a selection of parlor songs at the Fitch House, Building #21.
11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. Musical Highlights: The Rocking Melodeon: Listen to a selection of songs on one of the most unusual instruments of the 19th century. Learn about the people that would have played on this instrument, and how it works at the Richardson House, (Building #13).
3:00 p.m. Musical Highlights, The Guitar: Learn about the guitar in New England, and hear a sample of music performed on a 19th-century style guitar at the Fitch House (Building #21).
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)
1:30-3:30 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.
Dining & Shopping
Bullard Café (Building #3) (on the Ground Floor)
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. A variety of lunch options and beverages.
Miner Grant Store & Bake Shop (Building #19)
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 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. – 4:30 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
River Walk (#50) Best views of the Wight Dam and a peaceful setting to enjoy the Quinebaug River.
Please note: due to hunting season, the Woodland Walk (#47) and Pasture Walk (#49) are closed.