Daily Schedule

DATE: MAY 15, 2024
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Exhibits open 9:30 AM to 5 PM

Daily events are subject to change.

Wednesday, May 15, 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
10:30 a.m. Carding Mill Demonstration: Carding is brushing wool to prepare it for spinning into yarn. Our 200+ year-old water-powered machines do it much faster than hand carding, a welcome service to early farm families.
(at the Carding Mill, Building #39).

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

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).

2:30 p.m. Meet a 19th Century Midwife: Learn about childbirth in the 1830s (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).

Trades

Tin Shop (Building #14) Experience our Tinners creating authentic reproductions of household items made from tinned sheet iron.

Community
Asa Knight Store (Building #10) Country stores sold goods from all over the world, through seaports like Boston and Providence. They also carried locally produced goods such as livestock, cheeses, braided straw and more.

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).

The Environmental Point of View

Woodland Walk A short hike along Pogus Brook to a wooded viewing platform.

Pasture Walk Takes you to the top of Powder House Hill, offering views of the pastured landscape.

River Walk Best views of the Wight Dam and a peaceful setting to enjoy the Quinebaug River.


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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