Daily Schedule

DATE: APRIL 21, 2024
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Exhibits open 9:30 AM to 5 PM

Daily events are subject to change.

Sunday, April 21, 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

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).

10:00 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).

11:00 a.m. 19th Century Beekeeping: An overview of beekeeping in the 19th century, the tools and tactics used by New England’s few apiarists (in the Beekeeping Exhibit, Building #29).

12:00 p.m. Let’s Talk About the Weather: Learn about the year without a summer and other weather stories (in the Salem Towne House Garden, #15).

1:30 p.m. Water Power Tour: Learn how water power works and how the Wight family modified this land to operate mills (meets in front of the Gristmill, Building #40).

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

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


2:30 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. Common Curiosities – A Walking Tour
: A stroll with a costumed historian featuring the history of New England’s center villages and that of some of our building (begins in front of the Center Meetinghouse, Building #6).

10:30 a.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 (at the Gebhardt Barn, Building #13).

11:00 a.m.
Phrenology: The Science of the Mind – Learn about the hot new “science” of the early 1800s and its significant influence on society and thought (in the Bullard Tavern, Building #3).

11:30 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. Music Theory!
Come learn about how we think about teaching and writing music
(at the Richardson House, Building #12).

12:00 p.m. A Dentist Comes To Town
: A travelling dentist character describes his practice, shows his tools, and recounts stories about dentistry in the early 1800s (in the Bullard Tavern, Building #3).

3:30 p.m. Uncomfortable Truths: Race in early New England
A discussion about how early rural New England society struggled with the issue of race through true stories about Guy Scott, Quock Walker, Prudence Crandall, Cleona McClellan, Rhoda Rhodes, Salem Towne, and others (in the Friends Meetinghouse, Building #5).

4:00 p.m. Musical Highlight, the “Hurdy Gurdy”:
Listen to this strange and unusual instrument (at the Bullard Tavern, Building #3).

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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