Daily Schedule

DATE: MAY 27, 2024

Exhibits open 9:30 AM to 5 PM

Daily events are subject to change.

Monday, May 27, 2024
Welcome to Old Sturbridge Village, a recreated 1830s rural New England town! Discover how New England farmers used the wool from their sheep in the 1830s at Old Sturbridge Village’s annual Wool Days. Farmers will give the sheep their annual “haircut” while costumed historians demonstrate the entire wool textile process, from scouring and carding the wool to dyeing, spinning, and then knitting the dyed yarn. Enjoy your visit!

Wool Days Programs
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Knitting:
Knitting has been described as both a useful employment and a source of never failing amusement. Learn about the skills needed to clothe a family and the charitable knitting women did for others in the community (in the Richardson House, Building #12).

9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Sorting, Picking, & Scouring Wool:
Spring is the perfect time to process wool in preparations for spinning (outside the Fenno House, Building #22).

9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Llamas & Alpacas: Other Wool Fibers (by the Dennison Building, Building #27).

9:30 – 11:30 a.m. & 2:30 – 5:00 p.m. Making a Wool Applique Table Cover
(in the Fitch House, Building #20).

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Operating a 1917 Tuttle Hand-crank Sock Knitter (in the Bullard Tavern, Building #3).

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Dyeing with Local Dyes (near the Herb Garden, #30).

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 did it much faster than hand carding, a welcome service to early farm families (at the Carding Mill, Building #39).

10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Sheep Shearing Demonstration: See how the fleece is taken from the sheep using traditional hand shears (on the Common near the Salem Towne House, Building #15).

11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. Dye Plants in the Herb Garden
(Tour meets at the Herb Garden, #30).

1:30 – 4:00 p.m. Knitting for a Cause:
Help to knit scarves for soldiers (in the Richardson House, Building #12).

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 in the Salem Towne House, Building #15).

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

11:30 a.m. A World to Win: Women Missionaries from New England –
Learn what inspired hundreds of New England women to become missionaries (in the Center Meetinghouse, Building #6).

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

2:30 p.m. Living By the Bell:
A role character presentation about boarding house mistress recollections of the Factory Girls and the Lowell labor strikes of the 1830s (in the Salem Towne House Garden, #15).

3:30 p.m. A Reading of Floral Poetry:
Hear poems about the Language of Flowers (in the Salem Towne House Garden, #15).

Bixby House
(Building #36) The Bixbys, like many families, earned their income from several different sources. Visit to learn about straw braiding and other paid outwork done by the women in the family and see how their earnings improved the entire household.

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

Cabinetmaking Shop
(Building #7) Period cabinetmakers made a wide variety of wares including tables, chairs, chests and other case furniture. Explore this trade shop, and learn more about the tools and techniques used by nineteenth century woodworkers.


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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