For many at Old Sturbridge Village, the first whiff of spring isn't the aroma of spring flowers - it's the smell of wood smoke and maple syrup, a sure sign that the sap is rising and spring is on the way. Join us for four weekends of our Maple Days event throughout March, where you can see maple sugaring as it was done in early 19th-century rural New England in OSV's working sugar camp.
See the entire sugar-making process, from tapping the trees to "sugaring off," and learn why maple sugar was more commonly used than maple syrup in early New England.
Learn about how maple sugaring has changed over the years through our Maple Sugaring Timeline, an examination of different tapping techniques. See demonstrations of the traditional Native American methods, early 19th-century New England, 20th century metal buckets, and contemporary tubing.
Costumed historians will also cook period foods made with maple products by the hearth at the Village’s Freeman Farm.
Be sure to visit the OSV Gift Shop for maple bacon, maple fudge, maple coffees, maple scones, maple brownies, and maple popcorn.
OSV is offering free admission for children (ages 17 and under) on weekends through March 30 when accompanied by one adult paying full-priced, regular admission.
Maple Days Family Packages and Maple Days Couples' Getaway Packages are also available.
Purchase your tickets online in advance to expedite your entrance into the Village.
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Did you know?
- Production of maple syrup is one of only a few agricultural processes in North America that is not a European colonial import.
- Maples are usually tapped beginning between 30 and 40 years of age. Maples can continue to be tapped for sap until they are over 100 years old.
- Once temperatures stop fluctuating between below freezing at night and above freezing during the day, sap stops flowing.