Saturday, July 24; Sunday, July 25
Times: The Village is open 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Cost: Included with standard daytime admission or Village membership. In July, up to three kids are admitted for FREE per adult paying full price ($28). See below for details.Get Tickets
Social change is an important topic at Old Sturbridge Village. Moving Forward will highlight both the topics and the groups involved in social change, like temperance, anti-slavery, local charity, the Industrial Revolution, progressive agriculture and gardening, and women’s rights in the 1830s and how they relate to social change today. See some highlights below.
View the schedule for Saturday, July 24th
View the schedule for Sunday, July 25th
PLUS: Kids Get In For FREE!
Up to three kids 17 and younger are admitted FREE when accompanied by an adult paying full admission ($28) now through the end of July 2021.*
*No other discounts apply. Cannot be used on evening programs. Learn more here.
Learn more about current COVID-related policies here.
Highlights (subject to change):
- At the Fitch House, learn about the role of coffee in the Temperance movement and how it usurped beer and cider as the quintessential breakfast beverage. You can also learn about how it was prepared in the early 19th-century!
- In the gardens, learn about progressive gardening, ornamentals, and the “refinement of America.” Chat with costumed historians about progressive gardening techniques and maybe even take a special tour!
- At the Freeman Farmhouse, learn about the important role that sugar played in early America as both a sweetener and a preserving agent. Most of New England’s sugar was imported from plantations in the Caribbean, where it was grown, harvested, and processed by enslaved people. Some folks started to push back against the unjust system of slavery and found alternatives to plantation-grown cane sugar.
- In the mill neighborhood, learn about riparian rights and the “Mill Acts,” which gave mill owners greater rights in regards to things like flooding farmers’ land.
- In the Law Office, learn about the end of slavery in New England states, including the legislation and judicial rulings that led to outlawing slavery.
- In the Fenno House, learn about how the Industrial Revolution was changing the world of textile production and why some households continued to process their wool by hand despite hundreds of textile mills dotting the 1830s New England landscape.
- At the bank, learn about the self-regulation nature of the banking industry in early 19th-century New England.
- At the Parsonage House, learn about how women’s reform groups like the Ladies Charitable Society provided clothing and household textiles to those in need in the community.
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