Cooking by candlelight

See upcoming dates below

Times: 5:00 pm to approximately 9:00 or 10:00 pm

Cost: $125 per person ($95 for Old Sturbridge Village Members)

The program takes place in the Parsonage. Participants will meet in the main Visitor Center

SORRY – 2020 Dinner in a Country Village is sold out. Check back at a later date for 2021 Dinner in a Country Village.

Enjoy a unique opportunity to cook and enjoy an early 19th-century meal in one of our historic homes.  Taking place in the Richardson Parsonage, participants will work with costumed historians to create a full dinner based on period receipts. Participants will help bake pies and rolls in a wood-fired brick oven, chop and prepare vegetables over an open fire, roast meat in a tin rotisserie, mull cider with an iron and much more! Once the work is done, participants will join their mentors in enjoying a delicious dinner and dessert, all by candlelight. Pre-registration is required; see below. 

“What a great experience. We have gone twice over the last two years and plan to go again this winter. The program, the staff and the new friends made at the event, are just some of why we keep coming back for more.”

-Karl K.

Each evening is limited to 14 adults ages 14 and older. Due to the nature of the work we encourage participants to wear comfortable clothing, natural fibers are best, that cover the arms, legs, and toes fully. Families with children (ages 8 and up) can participate in a similar program called Families Cook.  Learn more here.

2019/2020 Menu:

(Subject to change)

Mulled Cider
Potted Cheese w/ Common Crackers
Onion Soup
Dried Apple and Cranberry Pie
Long Rolls
Curried Fowl
Roasted Pork w/ Kitchen Pepper
Carrots & Parsnips
Mild Mustard Sauce
Dressed Macaroni
Stewed Red Cabbage
Bread Pudding with Whipped Cream


In order for our staff to prepare and have all the necessary ingredients, registration closes at 8:00 am the Wednesday before a given date.

Click your preferred date below to register!

January 18 SOLD OUT

January 25 SOLD OUT

February 1 SOLD OUT

February 8 SOLD OUT

February 15 SOLD OUT

February 22 SOLD OUT

February 29 SOLD OUT

March 7 SOLD OUT

March 14 SOLD OUT

March 21 SOLD OUT

March 28 SOLD OUT