Daily Schedule

DATE: APRIL 4, 2024
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Exhibits open 9:30 AM to 5 PM

Daily events are subject to change.

Thursday, April 4, 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. & 1:00 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).

11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. Living By the Bell: A role character portrayal in which a boardinghouse mistress recollects the Lowell, MA Factory Girls as well as the labor strikes of the 1830s (in the Salem Towne House Lower Kitchen, Building #15).

12:00 & 3:00 p.m. Nature Myths:
Hear fanciful tales about how things came to be (in the Salem Towne House Lower Kitchen, Building #15).

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

2:30 p.m. Music Theory:
Come learn how we think about teaching and writing music
(at 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).

Households
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.

Freeman Farmhouse (Building #34) Food preparation was central to a family’s day and women were largely responsible for meal planning and preparation. See what’s cooking today and learn about the foods eaten by 1830s New Englanders and the tools and skills needed to prepare them.

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.

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

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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