Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in March!
Times: The Village is open from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Cost: Included with standard daytime admission or Village membership.Purchase/Reserve Tickets
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 “Maple Days” select dates in March, when the Village’s working sugar camp demonstrates maple sugaring as it was done in early 19th-century New England.
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.
Costumed historians will also cook period foods made with maple products and the tinner and cooper will make maple-related items.
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 more than 100 years old.
- Once temperatures stop fluctuating between below freezing at night and above freezing during the day, sap stops flowing.
All visitors and members will be required to purchase and/or reserve their tickets online to manage capacity in accordance with current Massachusetts 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.
Please also note:
- Buildings are currently closed, but as the season progresses, we will open buildings in phases with occupancy limits. In the meantime, guests can watch a variety of demonstrations and talk with costumed historians outside!
- In accordance with MA state guidelines, all guests are asked to wear a face mask when in the Village.
- Visitors coming from out of state should review the current Massachusetts travel order as well as any travel guidance issued by the state from which they will travel.