Daily Schedule

DATE: FEBRUARY 18, 2024
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Exhibits open 9:30 AM to 5 PM

Daily events are subject to change.

Sunday, February 18, 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.

Washington’s Birthday Activities
10:00 a.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).

10:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. George Washington and Slavery: Learn about the president’s view and practices regarding slavery
(in the Center Meetinghouse, Building #6).

11:00 a.m. No Outfit is Complete without the Perfect Hairstyle: Stop by the Fitch House to see how a lady might decorate her hair for a fancy occasion such as a ball (in the Fitch House, Building #20).

11:30 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. George Washington Slept Here: Learn some facts and anecdotes about the first president (in the Center Meetinghouse, Building #6).

1:00 p.m. Washington Birthday Ball:
Your company is requested at the Bullard Tavern to amuse yourself in the civil recreation of dancing (in the Bullard Tavern, Building #3).

2:30 p.m. Toasting the Memory of Washington
– Raise a glass with Villagers in a tradition saluting America’s first president (in the Bullard Tavern Barroom, 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
Tin Shop (Building #14) Experience our tinners creating authentic reproductions of household items made from tinned sheet iron.

Cooper Shop (Building #35) Coopers made round wooden containers including pails, tubs, and barrels for their neighbors.

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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