Daily Schedule

DATE: APRIL 19, 2024
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Exhibits open 9:30 AM to 5 PM

Daily events are subject to change.

Friday, April 19, 2024
Welcome to Old Sturbridge Village, a recreated 1830s rural New England town! Seed, sow, celebrate! Enjoy the outdoors while we celebrate the Earth. Join us for discussions on the changing climate, the history of New England’s environment, sustainability, and more. Enjoy a walk through the woods, watch our pollinators hard at work, and see if our gardeners and farmers need help preparing for the growing season ahead. Enjoy your visit!

Throughout the Day:
🌎Stop by the Village Gardens to see our gardeners hard at work preparing for the upcoming growing season!

🌎Pottery Shop: Firing pottery in a shallow pit dug into the ground is a practice that dates back 25,000 years. See our potters firing in a simple earthen pit and learn more about what our ancient ancestors knew about pottery, earth, and fire (at the Kiln across from the Pottery Shop, #32).

10:00 a.m. Native Plants Tour: Take a guided tour of OSV to identify plants native to the region. Learn why they are important and other information that will help you add native plants to your home. Find out what some 19th century garden writers thought about native plants
(meets at the Salem Towne House Garden, #15).

11:00 a.m. Pollinator Friendly Practices:
Pollination is bigger than just bees! Learn about the impact humans have on pollinators and some of the ways you can help support our pollinators and beekeepers (at the Herb Garden, #30).

12:00 p.m. 19th Century Beekeeping (at the Beekeeping Exhibit, Building #29).

1:00 p.m. Invasive Flora and Fauna:
Take a guided tour of the Village to identify invasive plants and animals, including bittersweet, garlic mustard, and jumping worms. Learn whether invasive were a recognized problem in the 19th century, why they are a problem today, and what you can do about it (meets at the Richardson Garden, #12).

2:00 p.m. A Natural and Unnatural History of the Quinebaug River:
A short walk and talk about some aspects of this historic watercourse (meets at the entrance of the River Walk, #47).

Daily Activities
10:00 a.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 Bullard Tavern, Building #3).

10:00 a.m. Nature Myths:
Fanciful tales about how things came to be (in the Salem Towne House, Building #15).

11:00 a.m. A Springtime Stroll Through the Center Village:
A short tour featuring New England spring activities in the 1830s (meets in front of the Salem Towne House, Building #15).

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).

12:00 p.m. Meet a 19th Century Midwife:
Learn about childbirth in the 1830s (in the Salem Towne House Lower Kitchen, Building #15).

1:30 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).

1:30 p.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).

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

2:30 p.m. Read Me a Story:
A read – aloud story about a boy and his pet sheep (in the Salem Towne House Lower Kitchen, #15).

3:30 p.m. A Reading of Floral Poetry: 19th century poems about the “language of flowers”(in the Salem Towne House, Building #15).

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 prepared on-site, along with freshly ground coffee, beer and wine, cold and hot drinks, and more.


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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