Fitch House

Willimantic, Connecticut, c. 1737
Corn Barn, North Scituate, Rhode Island, c.1790-1820
Moved to OSV, 1939
Barn, built by OSV 1965
Woodshed, built by OSV 1986

This symmetrical Cape-style home, which has a gambrel roof and a kitchen ell off the back of the building, had several additions through about 1820. With its white picket fence, rose trellis at the door, and a colorful flower garden designed for the children in the side yard, the Fitch House suggests the prosperity of a center village tradesman. The garden’s circular layout, bright blossoms, and rustic arbor of birch saplings is based on one of New England’s earliest books of horticulture advice, "The Young Florist", written by Joseph Breck in Boston in 1833.

The Fitch House also features several outbuildings, including an original corn barn from Scituate, Rhode Island, built around 1790–1820, and a reproduction woodshed, which also houses the family privy (toilet). The large reproduction barn was built by Old Sturbridge Village in 1965 and contains an exhibit, "Tools of Agricultural Change", which displays part of Old Sturbridge Village’s extensive collection of agricultural tools and equipment.

During a visit one may encounter costumed historians engaged in household activities such as ironing and laundry in the morning, or sewing, knitting, games, or penmanship in the parlor in the afternoon. More importantly, visitors can now walk through the formal parlor, which had been closed off by glass barrier previously. Also on view in the parlor, a new a reproduction fireboard based off of an original in the Museum Collection, painted by OSV's own talented artist, Victoria Haynes, Manager of the Freeman Farm!

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