Join us for our November 15 Home School Day! Our workshops this month will celebrate harvest time through hands-on fall crafts, hearth cooking, and an exploration of the seasonality of life in the 1830s. Activities in the Village will allow visitors to experience the traditions of an early 19th-century New England Thanksgiving. Try out one of our Make History Guides as you explore on your own or sign up for a special hands-on studio at the Museum Education Center (see below).
Cost is $10 per child 3 and over for full-day admission to Old Sturbridge Village. One adult per child is admitted at the rate of $15. Additional adults pay the full price rate. Purchase admission tickets here.
Hands-On Workshops (50 minutes—$5 per child unless otherwise noted)
Hands-on workshop activities for children ages 6-17 are an additional $5-$12 per activity. Hands-on workshops are led by a Museum Teacher at the Museum Education Center. Pre-registration is required for Hands-On workshops. An adult parent or guardian needs to remain in Museum Education while their child is participating in a workshop. In addition, $10 per child admission is required for all programs and includes demonstrations, games, and performances in the Village. Registration closes 10 hours before the workshop start time. Please inquire at the Museum Education building to sign up for any remaining open slots after that time.
please note: The first workshops of the day on November 15 begin at 10:00 am rather than 10:30 am.
Hearth Cooking: Indian Cake
Follow a 19th-century “receipt” for Indian Cake, a sweet cake featuring cornmeal and pumpkin! Together, you will mix up the cake and bake it in the open hearth.
Carding, Weaving, and Keeping Warm
Try out carding wool and weaving, and then learn about the clothing that people in the 1830s wore to keep warm in cold weather!
Candles and Tin Candleholder ($7 per student for materials)
Working with metal can be a fun challenge! Craft a small candleholder out of tin and make a set of hand-dipped candles to go along with it.
Make a Butter Paddle
Hone your woodworking by making a butter paddle, a tool for scooping and shaping your homemade butter.
Harvesting for the Winter
Let’s learn how families prepared food for the long winter. Participants will also try their hand at using a small cider press and processing dried corn.
Learn all about home remedies used during the 1830s. Make and try out some remedies used to help during cough and cold season.
Theorem Painting on Fabric
Using stencils and paints, create a decorative, harvest-themed cloth using the 19th-century technique of theorem painting.
Design and Stencil Notecards
Use stencils and woodblock printing to create your own seasonal notecards to take home.
Make a Decorative Floor Cloth ($7 per student, 90 minutes)
Durable Floor cloths were widely used in New England in the 1830s to decorate homes and block out drafts. Make your own small version of these popular and useful items out of canvas!
Hearth Cooking: Harvest Tea Party ($7 per student, 90 minutes)
Work together to follow a receipt for cider cake, a delicious 19th-century dessert. Later, we will enjoy our delectable creation with a formal tea.