Daily Schedule

DATE: JUNE 12, 2024
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Exhibits open 9:30 AM to 5 PM

Daily events are subject to change.

Wednesday, June 12, 2024
Welcome to Old Sturbridge Village, a recreated 1830s rural New England town! Spring is an exciting time here. See if you can spot peonies, violets and English primrose in bloom. 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 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 did it much faster than hand carding, a welcome service to early farm families
(at the Carding Mill, Building #39).

 

10:30 a.m. Morning Millpond Melodies: From fanfares to fiddle tunes to fantasies, listen to the sounds of the trumpet as they fill the village (by the Vermont Covered Bridge, Building #43).


11:30 a.m. Brass Music at the Center Meetinghouse
:
Listen to a sample of common music on brass instruments (in the Center Meetinghouse, Building #6).

2:30 p.m. Meet the Schoolmistress: Learn about school in the 1830s (in the District School, Building #31).

3:00 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).

3:30 p.m. 19th Century School Lesson: Learn how to read and figure 1830s style (in the District School, Building #31).

 

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.

Freeman Farm (Building #34) Visit the Freeman Farmhouse to learn about the different ways 19th century farming families successfully preserved and prepared their food in rural New England.

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

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

Community
Thompson Bank
(Building #19) Country banks provided short-term business loans to merchants, prosperous farmers, and manufacturers.

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).

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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