Daily Schedule

DATE: FEBRUARY 2, 2024
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Hours of Operation: 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Daily events are subject to change.

Friday, February 2, 2024 

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.

Daily Activities
10:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. Tales for Chilly Days: Stories with a winter theme (in the Richardson House, Building #12).

11:00 a.m. Schooling in the 19th Century: Learn about what education was like in the 1830s (in the District School, Building #31).

11:00 a.m. Music at the Tavern: Hear a sampler of 1830s music (in the Bullard Tavern, Building #3).

11:30 a.m. Stencil Making: See how artists in the 1830s drew and cut decorative paper stencils (in the Fitch House, Building #20).

11:30 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. Meet a 19th Century Midwife: Learn about childbirth in the 1830s with a costumed educator (in the Richardson House, Building #12).

3:00 p.m. A Reading of Romantic Poetry: Love poems penned by 19th century poets (in the Richardson House, Building #12).

1:30 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 Fitch House (Building #20).

2:00 p.m. Decorative Band Boxes: Learn and see how these decorated storage containers were made at the Fitch House, Building #20.

2:30 p.m. A Musical Sampler: Hear a selection of early 19th century social music (in the Center Meetinghouse, Building #6).

3:30 p.m. Musical Highlights, the “Hurdy Gurdy”: Listen to this strange and unusual instrument
(at the Bullard Tavern, Building #3).

Households
Small House
(Building #4) Cold winters had their advantages! Stop by to see how many families made their year’s candles at home, one dip at a time.

Trades

Shoe Shop (Building #9) Find a shoemaker “bottoming” men’s and boy’s work shoes for wholesale to the Southern and Western states. Some of the shoes for the South were meant for enslaved workers.

Pottery Shop and Kiln
(Building #32) Explore the world of pottery and see household vessels being made at the potter’s wheel.

Blacksmith Shop (Building #37) Our smiths are hard at work making tools and typical items for their community.

Community
Asa Knight Store (Building #10) 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.     

Exhibitions
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 Collection
(in the Dennison Building, #27).   

For the Purpose of Illumination: This new exhibit draws upon OSV’s large collection of lighting devices and prompts us to examine the impact that artificial lighting had in the early 19th century and continues to have on our lives today (in the Countryside Gallery, Building #38).

Dining & Shopping
Bullard Caf
é (Building #3) (on the Ground Floor)
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Hungry? Stop by for lunch or a snack.

Miner Grant Store & Bake Shop (Building #18)
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, historical children’s toys and gifts, too!

Ox & Yoke Café (Building #1)
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Featuring scrumptious sweet and savory baked goods made right on-site, along with freshly ground coffee, beer and wine, maple water, and more. Enjoy pies, focaccia, cheesecake, or a “flight” of cookies!

Ox & Yoke Mercantile (Building #1)
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Take home a traditional rural New England treasure or unique gift. Village-made crafts and kits, home décor, books, and more await!

 

 

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