Daily Schedule

DATE: MAY 23, 2024
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Exhibits open 9:30 AM to 5 PM

Daily events are subject to change.

Thursday, May 23, 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. 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 p.m. Tales From Long Ago: Listen to tales that New Englanders told in the 1830s (in the Gebhardt Barn, Building #13).

12:00 p.m. Pirate Tales From New England’s Rocky Shores: Stories about swashbuckling but nasty pirates (in the Gebhardt Barn, Building #13).

1:30 p.m. Meet a 19th Century Midwife: Learn about childbirth in the 1830s (in the Salem Towne House Garden, #15).

2:30 p.m. A Reading of New England Poetry: Poems by Poe, Longfellow, and other early 19th Century poets
(in the Salem Towne House Garden, #15).

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.

Freeman Farmhouse
(Building #34) Food preparation was central to a family’s day and women were largely responsible for meal planning and preparation. See what’s cooking today and learn about the foods eaten by 1830s New Englanders and the tools and skills needed to prepare them.

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

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

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 Café (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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