Daily Schedule

DATE: APRIL 20, 2024

Exhibits open 9:30 AM to 5 PM

Daily events are subject to change.

Saturday, April 20, 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!

Earth Day Activities

Earth Day Activities
Throughout the Morning:
🐂 See teams of oxen in training and doing Spring work
throughout the Village

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).

9:30 a.m. Meet the Visiting Oxen (at the Horsesheds next to the Center Meetinghouse, Building #6).

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Meet OSV’s Beekeeper: Visit with OSV’s expert beekeeper, Jim Dawber of Hillcrest Apiary. Have a conversation about the fascinating life of bees and how a beekeeper manages thousands of bees! (Beekeeping Exhibit, #29).

11:00 a.m. Preparing Garden Beds for Root Crops: Learn more about how the best practices for growing successful root crops such as carrots, turnips, and beets (at the Freeman Garden, #34).

12:00 p.m. Cooking Up Compost – Visit the Herb Garden compost bin and see how to turn your yard wastes and household garbage into a finished product that will enrich garden soil to grow healthier vegetables, herbs and flowers (in the Herb Garden, #30).

1:00 p.m. Let’s Talk About the Weather: Learn about the year without a summer and other weather stories (in the Salem Towne Garden, #15).

1:30 p.m. A Procession of working oxen (starting on the Common, C on mapguide).

2:00 p.m. Nature’s Best Hope: Your yard can have a hugely beneficial impact on the wildlife and ecosystems around you, for generations to come. Discover what individual actions you can take to participate in one of the greatest conservation projects of the 21st Century (at the Gebhardt Performance Barn, Building #13).

2:00 p.m. Try Your Hand at Ploughing (in the Freeman Farm Fields, #34).

3:00 p.m. Improving Your Soil: Using methods developed before 1840, last year we greatly increased soil fertility in the Freeman kitchen garden. We’ll give an overview of the process, and share suggestions for doing the same on your home grounds (at the Freeman Garden, #34).

Daily Activities
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).

11:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. OSV Dancers:
Watch the Old Sturbridge Village Dancers demonstrate dancing in the 1830s (at the Gebhardt Barn, Building #13).

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).

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).

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.

Dining & Shopping
Bullard Tavern Great Room
(Building #3, on the Main Floor)
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Join us for a comforting dining experience with carving stations set up and a fire in the hearth. Adult: $31.95, Youth: $20.95; members receive a 10% discount off adult price only.

Bullard Café (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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