Saturday and Sunday, September 11-12, 2021

Times: The Village is open from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Cost: All members of Old Sturbridge Village and Coggeshall Farm Museum are invited to join us for Friends’ Weekend 2021. Must be a member to participate. Workshops have a nominal fee to cover materials. The celebratory cookout is available for an additional fee as well.

Thanks for coming. Stay tuned for more information about the 2022 celebration.

All members of Old Sturbridge Village and Coggeshall Farm Museum are invited to join us for Friends’ Weekend 2021.

The 75th Anniversary exhibition New England on Parade will open to the public this weekend. And our gift store will debut some exciting new Christmas merchandise in the Miner Grant Store. Read more below.

Friends of Old Sturbridge Village logoYou must be a member of Old Sturbridge Village or Coggeshall Farm Museum to participate in the pre-registered Friends’ Weekend programs. Please note that some programs require pre-registration online or by phone at 508-347-0210. Registration links for individual programs are noted below the relevant program description.

Even if you are not pre-registering for any individual programs, please pre-register for your visit to the Village on September 11 or 12. You must make your reservation for either standard daytime admission or one of the individual programs by September 9 in order to be entered in the Friends’ Weekend Raffle.

Register for Standard Daytime Admission for Saturday, September 11th here

Register for Standard Daytime Admission for Sunday, September 12th here

All members who are pre-registered by September 9 for at least one program or for general admission on September 11 or 12 will automatically be entered in the Friends’ Weekend raffle, drawn during the Annual Friends’ Weekend Meeting on Saturday, September 11. Raffle winners who are not in attendance at the meeting will be notified by email and may pick up their prize on September 12 or, if they are not attending on September 12, an alternative arrangement will be made.

All members are encouraged to familiarize themselves with our current safety policies, available for review here.

Special Tours, Workshops, and More

In addition to the regular daily program, the following programs are available to members. (Regular daily program information will be available on the map guide upon arrival at the Village.) All programs last 45 minutes – 1 hour unless otherwise noted.

Programs that note “drop in” below are open throughout the entire time frame indicated; you can join that program at any time during that time frame and do not need to pre-register. Programs that require pre-registration include registration links at the end of the description. Meeting locations will be sent via email to registrants closer to the time. 

Registration for pre-registered programs is now closed!

Saturday, September 11

Photo Tour

Join Cheri Fisher for an early morning photography tour of the Village before it opens for the day or an evening photography tour after the Village has closed. Tripods welcome, but they must remain in your vehicle when you are not on the tour. This is a 90-minute tour. Capacity is limited and pre-registration is required.

Register for 8:00 am SOLD OUT

Register for 10:00 am SOLD OUT

Register for 5:00 pm SOLD OUT

Hearth Cooking: Making Albany Cakes

Follow a 19th-century receipt for Albany cakes, a simple little cake or cookie. Together, we’ll enjoy our delicious snack with some mint tea. This program takes place in the Museum Education Building – please allow time to travel to and from that location. Capacity is limited, a modest materials fee is charged per participant, and pre-registration is required. See this map for how to drive to Museum Ed.

Register for 9:30 am SOLD OUT

Register for 11:30 am SOLD OUT

Visitor Village Art from the Institutional Archives

Collection of artwork made by visitors since the opening of Old Sturbridge Village and kindly donated to our institutional archives. Including needlework, paintings and much more, this artwork was created by visitors who were inspired by the beauty of Old Sturbridge Village. This drop-in program runs from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and again from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm in the David Wight Community Gallery.

New England on Parade Exhibition Tours

Members of our Collections and Research department will be on hand to introduce our new 75th Anniversary exhibition and answer any questions. This drop-in program runs from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and again from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Family Village Tours

Explore the Village through the perspective of family and community life. Together, we’ll explore the rituals of 19th-century family life, children’s roles in the community, and more. This tour will be appropriate for kids and adults alike and will last 90 minutes. Capacity is limited and pre-registration is required.

Register for 10:00 am SOLD OUT

Register for 3:00 pm SOLD OUT

Behind the Scenes Preservation Tour

Take a tour of the root cellar as well as the modern cellar that allow us to do the cooking demonstrations you see at Freeman Farmhouse every day! Capacity is limited and pre-registration is required.

Register for 10:00 am SOLD OUT

Register for 2:00 pmS OLD OUT

Dressed to Celebrate!

Please join us for a closer look at some special clothing and accessories from our Textile Collection. Learn how a family in rural New England might dress to celebrate a special occasion such as the Fourth of July, Muster Day, or a parade. Celebrations offered an opportunity to wear and be seen in all of your best clothing. Bonnets, embroidered collars, reticules, parasols, walking sticks, silk cravats, and gloves all added to the festive feeling of the day. Capacity is limited and pre-registration is required.

Register for 10:00 am SOLD OUT

Register for 12:30 pm SOLD OUT

A Celebration of Fashion

75 Years of Costumed Interpretation at OSV: Learn how costumes worn by museum staff have changed throughout OSV’s history. We will also highlight some of the costumes made for past OSV special events and celebrations over the years. This drop-in program runs from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and again from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm in our Historic Clothing Office.

Historical Craft Project: Make a Tin Grater

Craft a useful grater for your kitchen from wood and tin. This workshop will use your woodworking and tin punching talents to create this tool that can be used to grate cheese, chocolate, and more! Capacity is limited, a modest materials fee is charged per participant, and pre-registration is required.

Register for 10:30 am SOLD OUT

Register for 2:00 pm SOLD OUT

Create a Flower Arrangement

19th-century children would often celebrate special occasions by marching in parades with baskets of flowers. Weave your very own construction paper basket and design a flower arrangement to fill it with. Capacity is limited, a modest materials fee is charged per participant, and pre-registration is required.

Register for 11:00 am SOLD OUT

Register for 1:30 pm SOLD OUT

Toy Hot Air Balloon Demonstration

Join us on the Common for a demonstration (or two!) of a fascinating diversion enjoyed by children in the early 1800s, a toy hot air balloon flight! This drop-in program happens at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm.

Tree Walk

Join one of the Village’s experts on a nature walk. Participants will learn how to identify regional trees and explore how New Englanders use natural resources both today and in the past. Capacity is limited and pre-registration is required.

Register for 12:30 pm  SOLD OUT

Register for 2:00 pm  SOLD OUT

Friends’ Weekend Annual Meeting with President and CEO of Old Sturbridge Village, Jim Donahue

Join us for Jim Donahue’s Annual Friends’ Weekend Meeting, including the opportunity to ask Jim your questions directly. At the conclusion of the meeting, Jim will draw this year’s raffle winners. This program does not require pre-registration and will be held at 3:00 pm. Location TBD. Capacity is limited on a first-come, first-served basis. *Note: By September 9, you must be registered for at least one Friends’ Weekend program or for general admission on September 11 or 12 to be entered into the raffle drawing.

Celebratory Cookout

Enjoy a celebratory cookout outside at one of our picnic tables, on a bench, or in a shady spot on the grass. There will be two seatings: 11:30 am and 1:00 pm. You must make a reservation and purchase your meal ticket in advance for $16 per person. The cookout will include: Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, barbeque chicken, veggie burgers, watermelon, garden salad, loaded potato salad, potato chips, Chef’s seasonal dessert and canned beverages.

Reservations for the lunch are now closed. The Bullard Tavern Cafeteria will be open as usual.

Evening at the Village

Enjoy being outside and spend a summer evening at the Village after our normal hours of operation! Stroll through our scenic campus, explore our gardens, take a horse-drawn wagon ride, and listen to Scottish fiddle/cello duo Elizabeth and Ben Anderson! Blending Scottish tunes with lively rhythms and innovative harmonies, the pair create a sound rooted in tradition, inspired by the contemporary, and completely original.

As a part of Friends’ Weekend, Old Sturbridge Village and Coggeshall Farm Museum Members join us for the September 11th Evening at the Village for FREE! Members must still pre-register for the program here.

Sunday, September 12

Photo Tour

Join Cheri Fisher for an early morning photography tour of the Village before it opens for the day. Tripods welcome, but they must remain in your vehicle when you are not on the tour. This is a 90-minute tour. Capacity is limited and pre-registration is required.

Register for 8:30 am SOLD OUT

Hearth Cooking: Making Albany Cakes

Follow a 19th-century receipt for Albany cakes, a simple little cake or cookie. Together, we’ll enjoy our delicious snack with some mint tea. This program takes place in Museum Education – please allow time to travel to and from that location. Capacity is limited, a modest materials fee is charged per participant, and pre-registration is required.  See this map for how to drive to Museum Ed.

Register for 9:30 am  SOLD OUT

Behind the Scenes Preservation Tour

Take a tour of the root cellar as well as the modern cellar that allow us to do the cooking demonstrations you see at Freeman Farmhouse every day! Capacity is limited and pre-registration is required.

Register for 10:00 am SOLD OUT

Register for 2:00 pm SOLD OUT

A Celebration of Fashion

75 Years of Costumed Interpretation at OSV: Learn how costumes worn by museum staff have changed throughout OSV’s history. We will also highlight some of the costumes made for past OSV special events and celebrations over the years. This drop-in program runs from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and again from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm in our Historic Clothing Office.

A Closer Look at the Salem Towne House and Family

A talk focused on the Towne family, their lives and relationships and the work involved in running a house and farm of that size. Highlighting the Towne family collection in the research library including letters and photographs. Capacity is limited and pre-registration is required.

Register for 11:00 am  SOLD OUT

Register for 2:00 pm SOLD OUT

Historical Craft Project: Make a Tin Grater

Craft a useful grater for your kitchen from wood and tin. This workshop will use your woodworking and tin punching talents to create this tool that can be used to grate cheese, chocolate, and more! Capacity is limited, a modest materials fee is charged per participant, and pre-registration is required.

Register for 11:00 am SOLD OUT

Toy Hot Air Balloon Demonstration

Join us on the Common for a demonstration (or two!) of a fascinating diversion enjoyed by children in the early 1800s, a toy hot air balloon flight! This drop-in program happens at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm.

Create a Flower Arrangement

19th-century children would often celebrate special occasions by marching in parades with baskets of flowers. Weave your very own construction paper basket and design a flower arrangement to fill it with. All materials including fresh cut flowers will be provided. Capacity is limited, a modest materials fee is charged per participant, and pre-registration is required.

Register for 11:00 am SOLD OUT

Register for 1:00 pm  SOLD OUT

Items Debuting in the Miner Grant Store

Old Sturbridge Village Annual Ornament

wooden carved ornament of the Center Meetinghouse at the Village2021 Center Meetinghouse ornament

With the steeple pointing skyward, the meetinghouse was the dominant symbol of every New England town – the gathering place for town meetings, elections, and church services.  Old Sturbridge Village is no different with the Center Meetinghouse soaring gracefully to the sky on the Common.

Start a new tradition of collecting the Old Sturbridge Village annual ornament, this year featuring the Center Meetinghouse.  Designed and hand painted on wood by a regional artist, each piece has slight variations.

Members’ price $20.66 (regularly $22.95)

To purchase, stop by the Miner Grant Store, call 508-347-0261, or email shop@osv.org  

Vaillancourt Folk Art Santa

2021 Old Sturbridge Village Santa

Debuting Friends Weekend the 2021 Old Sturbridge Village Santa hand made by Vaillancourt Folk Art.  Stay tuned for more details.