Daily Schedule

DATE: APRIL 6, 2024
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Exhibits open 9:30 AM to 5 PM

Daily events are subject to change.

Saturday, April 6, 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.  Town Officers Tour:  Brief walking tour about town government and civic responsibilities in early New England  (meets in front of the Center Meetinghouse, Building #6).

10:00 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 Bullard Tavern (Building #3).

11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. Tavern Days: Taverns are a great place of entertainment for travelers. Stop by the Bullard Tavern to meet a group of historical interpreters, and experience games, music, and other social activities (in the Bullard Tavern, Building #3).

11:00 a.m. A Guided Tour of the Salem Towne House: Tour the home of a prosperous farmer with a costumed historian (meets in front of the Salem Towne House, Building #15).

12:00 p.m. Phrenology: The Science of the Mind – Learn about the hot new “science” of the 1830s and its influence on society and thought (in the Bullard Tavern, Building #3).

2:00 p.m. A Dentist Comes to Town: A traveling dentist character describes his practice, shows his tools, recounts original and sometimes amusing stories about dentistry in the early 1800s  (in the Bullard Tavern, Building #3).

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. Tales of a Yankee Peddler: A peddler tells stories from his life on the road and of life in general in early New England (in the Bullard Tavern, Building #3).

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

4:00 p.m. Uncomfortable Truths Tour:
A discussion about race in early New England
(starts outside the Small House, Building #4).

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.

Trades
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.

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. – 5:30 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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