Daily Schedule

DATE: FEBRUARY 3, 2024
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Hours of Operation: 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Daily events are subject to change.

Saturday, February 3, 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
Throughout the Morning: Guitar Making:
Old Sturbridge Village is reproducing an 1830s classical guitar. Watch our luthier throughout the guitar making process. Learn about the history of the guitar in New England (in the Bullard Tavern, Building #3).

10:30 a.m. Phrenology: The Science of the Mind: Learn about this hot new “science” of the early 1800s, which had a significant influence on individuals and society (in the Center Meetinghouse, Building #6).

11:30 a.m.  Uncomfortable Truths: A discussion of race in early New England (in the Center Meetinghouse, Building #6).

1:00 p.m. Decorative Band Boxes:
Learn and see how these decorated storage containers were made (in the Fitch House, Building #20).

1:00 p.m. A Guided Tour of the Salem Towne House: 
Tour the home of a prosperous farmer’s family with a costumed educator (meets in front of the Salem Towne House, Building #15).

1:30 p.m. A Musical Sampler:
Hear a selection of early 19th century social music (in the Center Meetinghouse, Building #6).

2:00 p.m. A Dentist Comes to Town:
A travelling dentist describes his practice, shows his tools, and recounts (original and sometimes amusing) stories about dentistry in the early 1800s
(in the Bullard Tavern, Building #3).

2:30 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 (in the Fitch House, Building #20).

3:00 p.m. Tales of a Yankee Peddler:
A peddler tells stories and reminisces about life on the road and life in general in early New England (in the Bullard Tavern, Building #3).

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

Households
Freeman Farm (Building #34) Work on a farm never stops, not even in winter. Learn about seasonal domestic work on a traditional, middling farm including sausage making, cooking and caring for the years preserves.

Trades
Cabinetmaking Shop (Building #7) 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 #14) Experience our tinners creating authentic reproductions of household items made from tinned sheet iron.

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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