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 today. Enjoy your visit!
10:00 a.m. Meet the Calf (at the Freeman Farm, Building #36).
10:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. Tales for Cold Weather: Hear stories with winter settings (meets in the hallway of the Salem Towne House, Building #16).
11:30 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. Living by the Bell: Recollections of an 1830s Lowell, MA boardinghouse mistress (meets in the hallway of the Salem Towne House, Building #16).
3:00 p.m. Uncomfortable Truths: A discussion on race in early New England (meets near 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).
Fitch House Winter was a wonderful time to eat in the early 1830s, with the year’s harvest packed away in root cellars, dairies full of cheese and butter and fresh meat kept safe in cold homes. Visit to see a demonstration of winter cooking in front of an open fire.
Pottery Shop and Kiln (Building #34) Explore the world of pottery and see household vessels being made at the potter’s wheel.
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.
Asa Knight Store Country stores brought in goods from all over the world, through seaports like Boston and Providence. They also bought locally produced goods such as butter, cheese, and handwork for sale in those urban commercial centers.
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.
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.