Daily Schedule

DATE: APRIL 3, 2024
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Exhibits open 9:30 AM to 5 PM

Daily events are subject to change.

Wednesday, April 3, 2024
Welcome to Old Sturbridge Village, a recreated 1830s rural New England town! Spring is an exciting time here. See if you can spot crocus and snowdrops springing from the soil. See our artisans making handcrafted items from iron, tin plate, clay, leather, and wood. Watch as food is being prepared by an open hearth with the remains of last year’s harvest, anxiously awaiting the new spring growth. Our farmers and gardeners are industriously preparing the soil for the planting season, and of course, our farm animals, including newborn lambs, always enjoy a visitor too. Enjoy your visit!

Daily Activities
10:00 a.m. & 1:30 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 (in the Bullard Tavern, Building #3).

11:00 a.m. Visual Arts: Stencil Making – See how artists in the 1830s drew and cut decorative paper stencils (at the Bullard Tavern, Building #3).

11:00 a.m. Brass Music at the Center Meetinghouse:
Listen to a sample of common music on brass instruments
(at the Center Meetinghouse, Building #6).

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

2:00 p.m. Meet 19th Century Midwife:
Learn about childbirth in the 1830s
(in the Salem Towne House Lower Kitchen, Building #15).

2:30 p.m. Martial Music at the Gebhardt Barn: Come listen to martial music and learn about the relationship between music and the militia in Early America (Building #13).

3:00 p.m. A Reading of Early New England Poetry:
Hear poems by Emerson, Longfellow, and other early 19th Century poets (in the Salem Towne House, Building #15).

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

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, see household vessels being made at the potter’s wheel, and learn about pottery that was particularly useful in the colder months.

Tin Shop (Building #14) Experience our Tinners creating authentic reproductions of household items made from tinned sheet iron.

Households
Small House Small House (Building #4) Costumed interpreters are here to help you understand the past as it relates to the present. Make this your first stop to say “good day” and orient yourself to our 1830s Village.

Bixby House (Building #36) The Bixbys, like many families, earned their income from several different sources. Visit to learn about the work the women of this family did from home such as braiding straw and sewing shoe uppers.

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. – 3:00 p.m.
Hungry? Stop by for lunch or a snack.


Miner Grant Store & Bake Shop (Building #18)
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 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. – 5:00 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. – 5:30 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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