Saturday, July 18; Sunday, July 19

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! See details below.

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Visit the gardens this weekend, and to learn about a few of the 400(+) heirloom varieties cultivated at the museum. Our Costumed horticulturalists can share techniques for growing these varieties at home, and offer period sources for gardening advice. Stop by the Freeman, Bixby, and Small House gardens to learn all about kitchen gardening techniques, vegetable varieties, and food culture of the 1830s. At the Richardson, Towne, Fitch, and the Herb gardens interpreters will focus on herbs, medicine, curious plants, and floriculture of the 1830s.

All visitors and members will be required to purchase and/or reserve their tickets online to manage capacity in accordance with Massachusetts reopening guidelines. Available tickets will be released weekly on each Wednesday prior and arrival time blocks must be chosen. Purchase or reserve your tickets and see our current policies here.

Our Gardens

Small House Garden

A small, introductory garden to New England Food Culture. This garden showcases African and Indigenous varietals that were common to the 1830s New England diet.

Towne Garden

SOSV’s most formal ornamental garden, The Towne garden boasts a stunning array of heirloom herbs and flowers that those concerned with fashionable horticulture could have grown.

Richardson Garden

A progressive kitchen garden tended by the minister, this garden demonstrates some of the more advanced techniques, varieties, and plant remedies available to 19th century New Englanders.

Freeman Garden

A kitchen garden for a middling New England farming family. Here you can find many of the staples crops, varieties, and techniques used to support a healthy 19th century diet.

Bixby Garden

A less formal kitchen garden demonstrating how the many New Englanders busy with a craft or a trade would have likely kept their garden.

Herb Garden

Housing over 400 heirloom species, this garden displays a vast collection of plants significant to New England food culture, wellness, industry, and economy.

Fitch Garden

Based on Joseph Breck’s 1833 children’s book The Young Florist, the Fitch garden is a delightful flower garden filled with curious plants and graced with a Birch Arbor at its center.