Daily Schedule

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

Daily events are subject to change.

Friday, April 5, 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 19th-century guitar, and hear a selection of period music performed on the new instrument
(at the Fitch House, Building #20).

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 in the Salem Towne House, Building #15).

11:00 a.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
(at the Fitch House, Building #20).

11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. Meet a 19th Century Midwife:
Learn about childbirth in the 1830s (in the Salem Towne House Lower Kitchen, Building #15).

12:00 & 3:00 p.m. A Reading of Springtime Poetry:
Hear poems by early 19th Century poets
(in the Salem Towne House, Building #15).

2:00 p.m. Creative Arts: “Decorative Band Boxes”
Learn and see how these decorated storage containers
(at the Fitch House, Building #20).

Households
Freeman Farm (Building #34) Visit the Freeman Farmhouse to see preservation in action and learn about the different ways 19th century farming families successfully preserved and prepared their food in rural New England.

Bixby House (Building #36) The Bixbys, like many families, earned their income from several different sources. Visit to learn about straw braiding and other paid outwork done by the women in the family and see how their earnings improved the entire household.


Trades

Blacksmith Shop (Building #37) Our smiths are hard at work making tools for our new cabinetmaking shop as well as more typical items.

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.

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

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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