Daily events are subject to change.
9:30 am – 2:00 p.m.
Sheep Butchering At the Freeman Farm & Farmhouse
Join us to see how we turn sheep into meat for the table. We will demonstrate the process from removing the hide and innards in the barn to butchering, the dividing up of meat, in the farmhouse. The crops and animals raised on our farms are used throughout the year in our daily hearth cooking programs. We recognize this is a sensitive topic for many visitors, please use your own discretion.
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. Meet a 19th Century Midwife: Learn about Childbrith in the 1830s (in the Salem Towne House Lower Kitchen, Building #16).
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. A Reading of New England Poetry: Longfellow, Thoreau, & other classic Poets (in the Salem Towne House Lower Kitchen, Building #16).
10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. Parlor Music: Listen to a selection of parlor songs at the Fitch House, Building #21.
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)
3:00 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).
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.
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 Pature Walk (#49) are closed.