Daily Schedule

DATE: MAY 11, 2024
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Exhibits open 9:30 AM to 5 PM

Daily events are subject to change.

Saturday, May 11, 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 historian (meets in hallway of the Salem Towne House, Building #15).

10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Musical Highlights, The Guitar: Learn about the guitar in New England, and hear a sample of music performed on a 19th century style guitar at the Bullard Tavern, Building #3.

11:00 a.m. Pirate Tales From New England’s Rocky Shores: Tales about swashbuckling – but nasty – pirates
(in the Gebhardt Barn, Building #13).

11:30 a.m. & 2:00 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.

12:00 p.m. Read Me a Story: A read – aloud story for children (in the Salem Towne House Garden, #15).

2:30 p.m. Coming to America: A role character presentation about an 1830s immigrant’s experiences in Ireland and America (in the Salem Towne House Garden,  #15).

2:30 p.m. Creative Arts: “Decorative Band Boxes.” Learn and see how these decorated storage containers were made at the Bullard Tavern (Building #3).  

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

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

Households
Small House (Building #4) Costumed interpreters are here to help you understand the past as it relates to the present. Make this your first stop to say “good day” and orient yourself to our 1830s Village.

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

Pottery Shop and Kiln (Building #32) Explore the world of pottery and see household vessels being made at the potter’s wheel.

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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