Saturday, May 29; Sunday, May 30; Monday, May 31
Times: The Village is open 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Cost: Included with standard daytime admission or Village membership. Please make sure to reserve/purchase tickets before arriving! Standard daytime admission is $28 for adults, $26 for seniors (55+), $14 for youth (4-17), $14 for college students (with a valid college ID), and free for children 3 and under.Get Tickets
At this celebration of artisans, the Village will showcase a variety of New England crafts and trades from the early 19th century. The Village’s craftspeople will showcase their skills by crafting more complicated or unique items that are not usually displayed at the Village.
The sheep will also be getting their annual “haircut.” Throughout the weekend, our farmers will perform sheep-shearing while other costumed historians will demonstrate the entire wool textile process, from scouring and carding the wool to dyeing, spinning, and knitting.
Demonstrations include (and more will be added soon, so check back!):
- Sorting, Picking, and Scouring Wool by the Fenno House
- Spinning in the Fenno House
- Sewing for the Family in the Parsonage
- Knitting for the Family in the Small House
- Dyeing Wool & Braiding Straw at the Bixby House
- Making a Pair of Worked Mittens in the Fitch House
- Re-producing a chandelier from the OSV Museum Collection in the Tin Shop
- Making a slick and a padlock in the Blacksmith Shop
- Steam bending demonstration (Saturday and Sunday) – Woodworkers often utilize steam to make wood flexible enough to bend into complex shapes that incorporate the strength of the wood’s grain. This process is used to make everything from basket handles to chair parts.
- Firing a barrel (Saturday and Sunday)
On Saturday only (10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 – 3:00 pm), there will also be a pop-up Curator’s Pick display in the Visitor Center, featuring wrought iron door latches from the Old Sturbridge Village Museum Collection!
This summer, the Village will still look a little different than it did prior to the pandemic. Many of our costumed interpreters will be speaking with visitors and demonstrating their skills and trades outdoors. We are reopening buildings in phases. Please respect posted capacity limits and requests from staff to wait your turn to enter crowded spaces.
As a site that welcomes visitors of all ages—including many children—and encourages conversation with our costumed interpreters, we ask vaccinated and unvaccinated visitors to wear masks or face coverings when they are indoors, within six feet of someone from a different household, or when speaking with our staff. Our staff continue to wear masks.
See all our current policies here.