Members Only: Bring a Friend for Free

MEMBERS ONLY Bring a friend (or two!) for free to experience all the things you love about the Village.  Want to bring more friends?  Members enjoy 25% off standard guest admission all year long. Please note:  Members must be present for guest admittance.  This offer is limited to the first… Read More

Midwinter Revel | A Ball at the Oliver Wight Tavern

You are cordially invited to step back in time as Old Sturbridge Village presents a brand new one-of-a-kind event: Midwinter Revel. Guests will enjoy fine fare and cheer, listen to period music, and can have their silhouettes cut. After a buffet dinner, the evening culminates with guests joining the Commonwealth… Read More

Woods and Fields: Snowshoeing and Animal Tracking

MEMBERS ONLY Not always intended as recreation, snowshoes can make winter walking much easier when the snow is too deep to traverse. Snow also serves as an excellent medium for beginners in animal tracking, an important skill that can be used to understand the animal populations that are present in… Read More

April 2020 Discovery Adventures Camps

April Discovery Adventures for ages 6–14 give your child a chance to step back in time and experience life in the 1830s at Old Sturbridge Village. During April school vacation, we offer 3- and 5-day options. All programs include an afternoon snack, hands-on crafts, and the chance to learn something new… Read More

Garden Thyme – Ornamental Seed Saving

MEMBERS ONLY New to seed saving? A great way to start is by practicing with annual flower and herb species. This talk will demonstrate both 19th-century and modern techniques for saving seed from ornamental species such as Flower of an Hour, Calendula, and Honesty. Garden Thyme programs are held on a… Read More

Garden Thyme – Jack O’Lanterns: Stories and Origins

MEMBERS ONLY Have you ever wondered about the folklore and history of the Jack O Lantern? Join us for a look into this cheerful topic, and learn a bit about how this Halloween tradition came to be. Explore a multitude of root vegetables and cucurbits that are used to create… Read More

Garden Thyme – Who was Johnny Appleseed? John Chapman, Cider, and Swedenborg

MEMBERS ONLY Many are familiar with the tale of John Chapman, a Leominster, MA native, but few know that full story! Join us to learn about the legends surrounding Johnny Appleseed, including the influence of the Swedenborgian Church upon his life’s work, as well as his role in stewarding a… Read More

Garden Thyme – Native American Plants

MEMBERS ONLY Native American healers employed a broad selection of plants, from ferns to perennials to shrubs and trees, and they shared their knowledge with non-Native New Englanders. Come stroll the Herb Garden collection to view these native plants, and learn more about their history of use and their culture… Read More

Garden Thyme – What’s In Bloom?

MEMBERS ONLY Join us for a highlight tour of the ornamental gardens at Old Sturbridge Village. This talk will focus on the ornamental species growing in the Towne, Fitch and Parsonage gardens. Learn the histories and significance of many period ornamentals as described and illustrated in The Florists Manual by… Read More

Garden Thyme – A Peek into the Collection: Roses of the Paul E. Rogers Herb Garden

MEMBERS ONLY One of the most treasured flowers of all time, roses have a multitude of uses, forms, and histories. Join us for a look into the collection of historic roses living in the Paul E. Rogers Herb Garden. From Damask to Harison’s Yellow, each variety living in the herb… Read More