A woman in 1830s dress hand sews a piece of fabric

Saturday, August 13; Sunday, August 14

Times: 9:30 AM – 5 PM

Cost: Included with standard daytime admission or Village membership. Standard daytime admission is $28 for adults, $26 for seniors (55+), and free for children 3 and under. Up to 3 kids age 4-17 are admitted for FREE per adult paying full price ($28).

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Have you ever wondered what was involved in making and maintaining all the clothing for a family in the 1830s?  Join us on August 13th and 14th for our annual Textile Weekend, Clothing a Family, highlighting the frugal and ingenious ways that early 19th-century New Englanders created, cared for, and updated their family’s clothing.

Follow the construction of a dress in a weekend from cutting out to hooking it up for the first time, explore how woolen clothing was re-dyed to give it a fresh new look, discover what kinds of fabrics, trims, and sewing supplies were available in country stores like the Asa Knight store, see a sewing basket being made, learn about the extensive home-based industries that produced shoes and straw hats, and more. Plus, join us for one of the following special programs (subject to change):

PLUS: Check out our NEW Exhibit, Needle & Thread

On Saturday, August 13, a new exhibit will be opening in the Dennison Building. Needle & Thread: The Art and Skill of Clothing an Early 19th-Century Family explores all the work that went into outfitting the members of a family, from choosing fabrics and styles, to making, mending, and washing clothes. See gowns, a tail coat, and a sampling of children’s garments from the early 19th century, advice and account books, a c. 1825-1850 washing machine, and more!


Kids Free Summer at Old Sturbridge VillageIt’s Kids Free Summer at the Village!  Up to three kids 17 and younger are admitted FREE when accompanied by an adult paying full admission ($28) now through the end of Labor Day (September 5, 2022).

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