Daily Schedule

DATE: MAY 19, 2024
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Exhibits open 9:30 AM to 5 PM

Daily events are subject to change.

Sunday, May 19, 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. A Spring Stroll through the Center Village: See what’s growing in an 1830s Spring
(meets in front of the Salem Towne House, Building #15).

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

2:00 p.m. Carding Mill Demonstration: Carding is brushing wool to prepare it for spinning into yarn. Our 200+ year-old water-powered machines did it much faster than hand carding, a welcome service to early farm families
(at the Carding Mill, Building #39).

 

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

 

3:30 p.m. A Reading of 19th Century New England Poetry: Poems by Poe, Longfellow, and other early 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.

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).

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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