Daily events are subject to change.
Welcome to Old Sturbridge Village, a recreated 1830s rural New England town! Fall is an exciting time here. See if you can spot coreopsis, sneezeweed, and marigolds in bloom. See our Blacksmith, Potter, and Tinners at work as well as our farmers and gardeners bringing in the harvest, and of course, our farm animals always enjoy a visitor too. Thanksgiving was not yet a national holiday in the 1830s, instead the date was announced yearly by the Governor, urging people to observe “a day of public thanksgiving and praise”. Come join us this Saturday, as we celebrate Thanksgiving at OSV! Enjoy your visit!
Please note Kidstory is closed today due to preparation for our Christmas by Candlelight program.
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Poultry Butchering (at the Freeman Farm, Building #36)
Join us to see how we turn turkeys into meat for the table. We will demonstrate the process from plucking the outside to removing the innards at 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. Read Me a Story: A read-aloud story for children (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. Fashion Delights: What’s in style in the 1830s (in the Asa Knight Store, Building #11).
10:00 a.m. Parlor Music: Listen to 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).
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.
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).