April 20, 2015
Join us in learning how the start of the Revolutionary War affected a small New England community.
Patriots' Day observances at Old Sturbridge Village will resound with the peal of bells, the stirring beat of drums and the thrilling call of the fife, as the Sturbridge Militia musters on the common on Monday, April 20th. Special programs and activities throughout the day will invite visitors to...
April 27, 2015 - 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Spend some time at OSV learning a historical craft. These adult workshops vary from blacksmithing to textiles, coopering, foodways, and more. Come and try your hand at a craft and take home your finished masterpiece! Unless otherwise specified, workshops will be held in the Museum Education building.
Sorry, this event is Sold Out.
Introduction to Early 19th-Century Cheesemaking
Instructor: Ryan Beckman is a 14 year veteran interpreter and presently holds the position of Assistant Coordinator of Households and Woman's Crafts. Her passion and specialty are historic foodways and the history and science behind these kitchen traditions.
Description: Join Ryan for an in-depth look at the history and present day process of...
May 02, 2015 to May 03, 2015
We look forward to welcoming employees of our Business Partners to Old Sturbridge Village.
On these two days, complimentary admission to OSV will be extended to the employees of our Business Partners - including up to six immediate family members (parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, spouses, and siblings) per employee.
Not sure your company is a member? Need to renew your membership...
May 09, 2015 - 10:00 AM
Needlework and skill with the needle was an important element in the lives of women and girls in 19th century New England. Explore the various types of needlework that were popular in the late 18th and 19th centuries. Meets at the Textiles and Firearms Building.
Take a Closer Look is a monthly program open to all OSV Members. Held on the second Saturday of each month, this program invites a...
May 10, 2015
Free admission and a special gift for moms (while supplies last) on Mother's Day at Old Sturbridge Village and enter a giveaway to win a Village-made tea set.
Family events are planned throughout the day, including a "Moms vs. Kids" tug-o-war, hands-on crafts, and performances.
Visit the Village households and craft shops to learn about parenting in the 19th century. See the tinsmith, potter,...
May 10, 2015 - 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM
$39.95 for Adults, $35.95 for Seniors, $13.95 for children ages 3–12
Please call 508-347-0362 for reservations.
Celebrate Mother's Day at Old Sturbridge Village with our popular annual brunch!
This year, the menu includes:
Fresh Rolls with whipped butter
Assorted Composed Salads
Smoked Salmon Display
Pesto Glazed Roasted Turkey Breast
Prime Rib of Beef with Au jus and Horseradish Cream
Seared Chicken Breast with Asparagus...
May 13, 2015 - 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Home School Day Admission ($8.00 per person) is not included with the price of the studio. Home School parents also receive the $8.00 Admission rate at a ratio of one adult to one child between the ages of 5 & 17. Please purchase your tickets accordingly.
Cost for the Studios is $5.00 per person, per studio. Purchase Studio Tickets below.
Our Home School Days offer you and your children the opportunity to explore the Village and participate in hands-on activities. This is a great opportunity for children to gain exposure to many aspects of 1830s New England life in an interactive way.
We recommend that you allow for up to three hours to visit the Village, in addition to any scheduled hands-on studios. If time permits, consider making a quick craft in the Hands-on Crafts Center; $5-10 per activity (first come, first served); some age and safety restrictions apply.
Read more about our Home School program.
Refund policy: Studio and workshop fees are non-refundable. However, prepaid Home School Day admission tickets can be applied toward future daytime admission; just present your print-out at the Visitor Center. (Adults applying a Home School Day ticket toward regular $24.00 Admission will be asked to pay the difference).
Historic writings in the 19th Century took many forms. People wrote in journals and diaries about their everyday lives. Farmers recorded seasonal changes, activities, and accomplishments on the farm. Men and women alike wrote letters containing news of the day. These words give us information about life in the 1830s; telling us information about farms, families, friends, travel, and...
May 16, 2015 - 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
The Heirloom Plant Sale will feature over 75 varieties of heirloom herbs, flowers and tomato plants with prices between $3 and $5 per plant.
The first 200 individuals or families to visit Old Sturbridge Village on May 16, 2015 will receive a voucher at the Visitor Center for a free tomato plant. This voucher is redeemable at the plant sale booth, adjacent to the Fuller Conference Center, between 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Voucher and free tomato plant limited to 1 per family.
This year we will offer Yellow Pear, Brandywine, and Large Red tomatoes.
May 16, 2015 - 10:00 AM
Find solutions to garden pests with hints from the nineteenth century. Learn tips and tricks from nineteenth-century garden writers that are as relevant today as they were in the 1830s!
Garden Thyme programs are held on the third Saturday of each month and are FREE for members of Old Sturbridge Village. Led by Village horticultural and agricultural staff, these programs and workshops are held at...
May 23, 2015 to May 25, 2015 - 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
The sheep get their yearly "haircuts" this weekend. Farmers shear the sheep, and costumed historians demonstrate the entire wool textile process, from scouring and carding the wool to spinning, and then knitting the hand-spun wool yarn. Visitors can even try their skill at hand-carding the wool.
See sheep herding demonstrations. David Kennard of Wellscroft Farm in New Hampshire will be...
May 30, 2015 to May 31, 2015
Get a Pound of Cure at Old Sturbridge Village’s healthy living fair that bridges 19th-century medicine with present day health and wellness programs. In the historic village, meet a 19th-century travelling dentist, learn about home remedies and medicinal plants, and see antique medical implements. At our modern health fair, local health care partners will provide visitors with health screenings...
June 13, 2015
More than 50 pre-1946 automobiles will be showcased on the Common throughout the day and a grand procession of the autos will take place at 3:30 p.m.
If you are interested in participating with your antique automobile, please contact Jim O'Brien.
See a slide show.
Purchase your tickets online in advance to expedite your entrance into the Village.
Add an overnight stay at the Old...
June 13, 2015 - 10:00 AM
Join OSV staff for a tour of the Salem Towne House that explores the changing trends and tastes from the late 18th century to the early 19th century through the furnishings and decorative arts displayed in the Towne House. Meets at the Salem Towne House.
Take a Closer Look is a monthly program open to all OSV Members. Held on the second Saturday of each month, this program invites a closer...
June 15, 2015 to June 21, 2015
Old Sturbridge Village recognizes Juneteenth (a celebration dating back to 1865 thought to be the first known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States) by telling some of the most inspiring stories in African-American history. Visitors can learn about the movement leading up to the abolition of slavery that took place in the early 19th century and also enjoy activities...
June 20, 2015 - 10:00 AM
Think exotics like kiwis, figs, and passion fruit don’t grow in New England’s climate? Think again! Learn how to grow these unique fruits in your home garden.
Garden Thyme programs are held on the third Saturday of each month and are FREE for members of Old Sturbridge Village. Led by Village horticultural and agricultural staff, these programs and workshops are held at various sites and deal with...
July 03, 2015 to July 05, 2015
Come celebrate the best July 4th in history with old-fashioned, patriotic family fun.
For the safety and comfort of all guests, all coolers, bags, chairs, and backpacks will be subject to inspection at the point of admission.
Join in the fun as the martial band leads the citizens' procession as they march through the streets. Cheer and huzzah during a rousing patriotic reading of the Declaration...
July 11, 2015 - 10:00 AM
Join an OSV curator for a tour of the militia exhibit and learn about firearms in New England. Meets at the Firearms and Textiles Building.
Take a Closer Look is a monthly program open to all OSV Members. Held on the second Saturday of each month, this program invites a closer look with a Village specialist. Programs last approximately 30 minutes.
Add an overnight stay at the...
July 18, 2015 - 10:00 AM
Look outside the garden fence for tasty, wild-grown treats. Learn the basics of wild edible identification.
Garden Thyme programs are held on the third Saturday of each month and are FREE for members of Old Sturbridge Village. Led by Village horticultural and agricultural staff, these programs and workshops are held at various sites and deal with a variety of plant-related themes and topics....
July 18, 2015 to July 19, 2015
Hazy Summer Days are not so lazy on the farm. Come visit the farm at Old Sturbridge Village and participate in some of the ways farmers kept busy during the summer, one of the most important times of the year for all farm families in the 19th century.
Help the farmers with, arguably, the most important crop each and every year! In the 1800's farmers used the summer months working on the farm. One of their primary goals was to fill their barns with as much hay as it would fit in order to feed their animals through the next winter, never know how long that winter would be.
Work occupies most a farm family’s time in the summer,...
August 01, 2015 to August 02, 2015
See the largest military re-enactment in New England with nearly 1,000 soldiers portraying British, Irish, Spanish, Scottish, French and Colonial troops. The Village is transformed into a military camp from the time of the War for Independence, as it was known in early New England. Come see what it was really like for those who fought to win America's freedoms.
Daytime events on both days include...