Daily events are subject to change.
Welcome to Old Sturbridge Village, a recreated 1830s rural New England town! While you are visiting, stop by our numerous households and see what kind of winter activities kept families busy. Our trades will be active as well, from needlework to working at the potter’s wheel, we use the winter to hone our hand skills. See the farmers industriously preparing for the spring season, and of course, our farm animals always enjoy a visitor too.
*Please note Kidstory is closed for necessary maintenance work through January 16, 2023.
10:00 a.m. Meet the Calf (at the Freeman Farm, Building #36).
10:30 a.m. & 2:00 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. & 3:00 p.m. Mumbet – The slave who freed herself: A read-aloud story (in the Richardson House, Building #13).
1:00 p.m. Excerpts From the Letters of 19th Century Activist Sarah Grimke: Her views on women speaking publicly
(in the Center Meetinghouse, Building #7).
10:00 a.m. & 1:00 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).
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. Music Education: Hear about how people of the 1830s learned music at the Richardson House (Building #13).
Tin Shop (Building #15) Experience our Tinners creating authentic reproductions of household items made from tinned sheet iron.
Blacksmith Shop (Building #39) Our smiths are hard at work making tools and typical items.
Printing Office (Building #18) Small printing offices often worked for publishers in Philadelphia, New York, or Boston, printing and binding books for sale anywhere in New England. They often also did smaller printing jobs for local people.
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 40 minutes for a ride around the Mill Pond. There is no carryall operating outside of these times.