Daily Schedule

DATE: MAY 4, 2024
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Exhibits open 9:30 AM to 5 PM

Daily events are subject to change.

Saturday, May 4, 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 – A brief walking tour of the Center Village discussing town government and civic responsibilities in early New England (meets in front of the Center Meetinghouse, Building #6).

11:00 a.m. Phrenology: The Science of the Mind –
Learn about the hot new “science” of the 1830s and its significance on society and thought
(in the Gebhardt Barn, Building #13).

12:00 p.m. Uncomfortable Truths:
Race in early New England – A discussion about how early rural New England society struggled with the issue of race
(meets in front of the Center Meetinghouse, Building #6).

1:30 p.m. A Guided Tour of the Salem Towne House:
Tour the home of a prosperous farmer with a costumed historian (meets in hallway of the Salem Towne House, Building #15).

2:30 p.m. A Dentist Comes to Town:
A traveling dentist character describes his practice, shows his tools, and recounts stories of dentistry in the early 19th century (in the Gebhardt Barn, Building #13).

3:30 p.m. Tales of a Yankee Peddler:
A peddler tells stories and reminisces about life on the road in early New England as a traveling salesman
(in the Gebhardt Barn, Building #13).

Households
Fenno House (Building #22) Despite the hundreds of textile mills across New England, some families continued to process wool at home. Visit the Fenno house to see wool being spun into yarn on a great wheel, and yarn knitted into clothing.


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.

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

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 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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