Daily Schedule

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

Daily events are subject to change.

Sunday, May 5, 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. & 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 of the Salem Towne House, Building #15).

 

11:00 a.m. Tales of Long Ago: Favorite stories told by 1830s New Englanders (in the Gebhardt Barn, Building #13).

12:00 p.m. Living By the Bell: A role character portrayal of a boardinghouse mistress recollecting the Factory Girls and the Lowell labor strikes of the 1830s (in the Salem Towne House Garden, #15).

 

2:30 p.m. Nature Myths: Fanciful tales about how things came to be (in the Salem Towne House Garden, #15).

 

3:30 p.m. A Reading of New England Poetry: Poems by Longfellow, Poe, and other 19th century poets
(in the Salem Towne House Garden, #15).

Trades
Shoe Shop (Building #9) Find a shoemaker “bottoming” men’s and boy’s work shoes for wholesale to the Southern and Western states. Some of the shoes for the South were meant for enslaved workers.

Pottery Shop and Kiln (Building #32) Explore the world

of pottery and see household vessels being made at the potter’s wheel.

Households
Freeman Farm (Building #34) Spring is around the corner, and with it, its own labors and concerns. Learn about seasonal food and domestic work on a traditional, middling farm as winter transitions into spring.

Bixby House 
(Building #36) The Bixbys, like many families, earned their income from several different sources. Visit to learn about the work of braiding straw, sewing shoe uppers and dairying the women of this family did from home.

 

 

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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