Daily events are subject to change.
Sunday, January 29, 2023
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!
Hog Butchering at the Freeman Farm & Farmhouse
Throughout the day – Join us to see how we turn a hog 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. (Building #36)
10:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. Men on the Moon!: The beginning of tabloid newspapers (in the Richardson House, Building #13).
11:30 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. Meet a 19th Century Schoolmistress: Learn about school in the 1830s
(in the District School, Building #33).
3:00 p.m. Read Me a Story: Hear a read-aloud story for young children (in the Richardson House, Building #13).
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. Ballroom Etiquette: Learn about the forms of ceremony or decorum used in the entertainment of dancing during the 1830s (in the Bullard Tavern, Building #3).
Small House (Building # 5) Cold winters had their advantages! Stop by to see how many families made their year’s candles at home, one dip at a time.
Cabinetmaking Shop (Building #8) Period cabinetmakers made a wide variety of wares including tables, chairs, chests and other case furniture. Explore this trade shop, and learn more about the tools and techniques used by nineteenth century woodworkers.
Tin Shop (Building #15) Experience our tinners creating authentic reproductions of household items made from tinned sheet iron.
Asa Knight Store (Building #11) 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
Woodland Walk (#47) A short hike along Pogus Brook to a wooded viewing platform.
Pasture Walk (#49) Takes you to the top of Powder House Hill, offering views of the pastured landscape.
River Walk (#50) Best views of the Wight Dam and a peaceful setting to enjoy the Quinebaug River.
Please note all walks are open but are not maintained.
Icy conditions may be present.
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).
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).
Join us for Maple Days, starting February 22!
Old Sturbridge Village is celebrating the season with Maple Days. Costumed educator will explain how maple syrup was harvested in the early 19th-century and even cook food made with it from that time period. The Village’s working sugar camp will demonstrate maple sugaring as it was done in early 19th-century New England. See the entire sugar-making process, from tapping the trees to sugaring off. For more information please stop by the Visitor Center or visit www.osv.org.