Daily Schedule


Exhibits open 9:30 AM to 4 PM

Daily events are subject to change.

Saturday, February 10, 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. Nature Myths: Fanciful stories about how things came to be (in the Richardson House, Building #12).

11:30 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. Meet the Schoolmistress:
Learn about what education was like in the 1830s
(in the District School, Building #31).

1:00 p.m. Porcine revolution:  An explanation of the impact or global trade on pigs and pig raising in New England, and a discussion on the effects of imported livestock on indigenous life (At the Allen Piggery, Building #33).

1:30 p.m. Violin Bow Re-Hairing: Learn about the history of violin family instruments in New England. See how a violin bow is re-haired (in the Bullard Tavern, Building #3).

2:00 p.m. A World to Win: Women Missionaries from New England – Learn about Sarah Joiner Lyman and Hannah Moore’s missionary service and what inspired them and hundreds of other New England women to become missionaries (in the Richardson House, Building #12).

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

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

3:30 p.m. Musical Highlights, the “Hurdy Gurdy”:

Listen to this strange and unusual instrument
(at the Bullard Tavern, Building #3).

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.


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.

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.     

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!

Upcoming Programming you don’t want to miss!
 – Maple Days
Friday-Sunday, February 23-March 17
Old Sturbridge Village is celebrating the season with Maple Days. Costumed educators 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.

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