Saturday, September 28, 2019

Times: The Village is open from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm. See the below for a schedule of activities and programs throughout the day.

Cost: Must be a Village Member to participate. The luncheon and hands-on craft classes are an additional fee. See below for more information and to register.

Throughout the Village


Join us as we celebrate our amazing community of members on Friends’ Day with exclusive programming, hands-on crafts, a photography tour and a delicious buffet at the Oliver Wight Tavern.  Members celebrating a milestone anniversary will be sent an invitation to pick up a special gift at the Visitor Center from 9:30-3:00.

Membership support helps Old Sturbridge Village care for historic buildings, the collection of early American artifacts, heritage breed animals and heirloom gardens, and provides expert costumed interpreters and outstanding educational programs for both the general public and school children alike. Benefits of OSV membership include unlimited standard daytime admission to the Village as well as discounts at the Village shops and members-only specials on programs and events throughout the year.  Learn more about becoming a member here and join us on this special day.

Download the Friends’ Day brochure here.


Enjoy a special buffet luncheon for members only at the Oliver Wight Tavern.  The luncheon begins at 11:00 am. Preregistration is required. Registration is FULL.

Adults $24.50; Children $13.00 (ages 4-12); Children 3 and under FREE


Deconstructed Salad Station
Roasted Butternut Squash Bisque
Yankee Pot Roast
Lemon Thyme Chicken
Pasta Primavera
Roasted Root Vegetables
Mashed Potatoes
Rolls with Whipped Butter
Hot Apple Crisp with Whipped Cream
Carrot Cake
Tea, Coffee, Soft Drinks

Annual Meeting

1:30-2:30 pm

President and CEO Jim Donahue will host the Annual Friends’ Meeting where he will highlight the Village’s recent accomplishments, programs, and vision for the future.  Raffle winners will be announced and must be present.

Friends’ Day Craft Classes

$5 per person │ Ages 6 through Adult welcome

All workshops take place at the Museum Education Center.  For 9:30 workshops, we recommend parking at the Museum Education Center.

Preregistration is required; register below.

Hearth Cooking:  (1 hour, $5 per person)

Work together to create a delicious, 19th-century recipe to share. During this workshop, participants will make apple pancakes in a hanging skillet over an open hearth, churn butter using a pottery churn, and make a historic beverage. Participants will enjoy their snack together while learning about dining customs and foodways.

Register for Hearth Cooking at 9:30 am SOLD OUT

Register for Hearth Cooking at 10:30 am SOLD OUT

Register for Hearth Cooking at 2:30 pm SOLD OUT

Printing and Paper Marbling: (1 hour, $5 per person)

Have you ever wanted to work in the Printing Office? Here’s your chance to try your hand at using a printing press, marbling a notecard to take home, and practicing 19th-century script with a quill pen, all while learning more about the trade of printing.

Register for Printing and Paper Marbling at 9:30 am

Register for Printing and Paper Marbling at 2:30 pm SOLD OUT

Other Activities and Special Tours

In Village Activities:

9:30-12:00: Tailoring – In the Parsonage

9:30-11:00: A Cabinetmaker at Work – in the Cabinetmaking Shop across from A Child’s World

10:00-12:00: Grinding Apples – Cider Mill

10:00: Cutting Timbers for the Cabinetmaking Shop – Sawmill

10:00: Talk with a Bee Keeper – By the Cider Mill

10:30: Preserving your Harvest – Root Cellar Tour – Freeman Farm

11:00: Unloading the Kiln – Pottery Shop

11:30: Windsor Chairs and Chairmaking: A Guided Tour- meets at the Planed Grained and Dovetailed exhibit

12:00: Tour of the Towne House Garden

1:00: Apples not for Eating – the Creation of the Cider Mill Orchard (meets at the cider mill) (hosted by Tom Morehouse)

2:30-3:30: Help tend the Garden – Freeman Farm

Special Tours

All special tours leave from the Visitor Center.  Capacity is limited so please sign up at the Visitor Center on the morning of Friends’ Day.

JUST ADDED: 8:00: Photography Tour – Participate in a one-hour members-only photography tour before the Village doors open to the public.

Tour will end promptly at 9:00 am and participating members will be able to re-enter the Village at 9:30 am

10:00: A Look behind the scenes – Research Library Tour

10:00: A Look behind the scenes – Collections Storage Tour

12:00: A Look behind the scenes – Research Library Tour

12:00: A Look behind the scenes – Collections Storage Tour

2:30: A Look behind the scenes – Costume Office Tour


If you have questions regarding Friends’ Day please contact or (508) 347-0294.