Winter Work & Play

Saturday, January 2, 2016 - 9:30am to Sunday, January 3, 2016 - 4:00pm
Saturday, January 9, 2016 - 9:30am to Sunday, January 10, 2016 - 4:00pm
Saturday, January 16, 2016 - 9:30am to Sunday, January 17, 2016 - 4:00pm
Saturday, January 23, 2016 - 9:30am to Sunday, January 24, 2016 - 4:00pm
Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 9:30am to Sunday, January 31, 2016 - 4:00pm

Embrace Winter at Old Sturbridge Village as we celebrate both work and play in the early 19th century.


Discover how people learned to deal with harsh New England winters without modern conveniences. Learn about how farmers would use these months to harvest one of the most important crops, timber. See farmers making fence material or hewing a log at the Freeman Farm. Escape the cold and watch the 19th century Blacksmith, Potter, Tinner and other craftsmen & craftswomen working hard during the winter. Join us for a butchering demonstration on January 9th and 10th. 


Play parlor games by the warm fire, listen to stories, hear music during our daily performances. Snow-permitting, go sledding on reproduction 1830s sleds, make snow statues in our pasture, and take a horse-drawn sleigh ride.

Ice Cutting on the Mill Pond

Join Old Sturbridge Village historians and ice expert Dennis Picard January 23rd and 24th at the Village's Mill Pond to learn ice techniques about how they harvested ice the old-fashioned way.

OSV visitors can get their hands on vintage tools and learn the story of Boston's "ice king," Frederic Tudor, who pioneered the 19th-century ice industry and made a fortune. (Note: ice cutting demonstrations are dependent on weather and proper conditions).

Read more about Boston's Ice King and the early New England ice industry from an article in the Old Sturbridge Village Visitor Magazine from November 2012.

Planning Ahead

Purchase your tickets online in advance to expedite your entrance into the Village.

Add an overnight stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges.

Find more useful information for planning your visit.





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