Free Admission for Veterans, Active Military and Families at Old Sturbridge Village on Veterans Day Nov. 11

Sunday, October 21, 2012

An Evening of Illumination at Old Sturbridge Village Nov. 10

STURBRIDGE, Mass. (Oct. 21, 2012): Old Sturbridge Village is offering free admission to veterans, active military personnel and their families (up to 6 people) on Veterans Day, Sunday Nov. 11. Special programs will highlight the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. Youngsters get an opportunity to drill with toy muskets directed by a militia captain, and fife and drummers will perform martial music on the Village Common. Visitors can meet an 1812 U.S. Navy surgeon from the U.S.S. Constitution, and join a curatorial tour to view 1812 artifacts in the Old Sturbridge Village collection. Reenactors will display uniforms and demonstrate period firearms in a costumed "timeline" spanning 300 years of military history. For more information visit or call 800-SEE-1830.

On Saturday evening, Nov. 10, the museum hosts An Evening of Illumination, a once-a-year opportunity to see the Village lit only by candles, oil lamps, and firelight. Following a lantern light tour around the Village Common and into select 19th-century homes, visitors will return to the Bullard Tavern to enjoy light refreshments, mulled cider, a cash bar and entertainment. Guided tours will leave every 10 minutes from the Visitor Center from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person or $30 for OSV Members. Advance registration is recommended as this event sells out. For more information visit or call 800-SEE-1830.

An Evening of Illumination is a rare opportunity for visitors to see what evening life was really like for New Englanders in the early 1800s. Each tour is limited to 15 visitors to ensure a peaceful, intimate look at the Village. On their tours of select homes and buildings, visitors will learn how people stayed warm and productive during the fall and winter when daylight dwindled and long hours of darkness began early. With light and heat coming only from candles, oil lamps, and fireplaces, 19th-century families typically gathered in a single room where the limited light would provide enough illumination for one person to read aloud to the entire family.

“Families in early New England gathered around the fire and played music, games, or listened quietly as someone read aloud by candlelight. The soft light created a magical mood and drew families together at day’s end,” notes Deb Friedman, director of public program at Old Sturbridge Village. “Also, the time following harvest was a much-anticipated social season filled with frolicking and socializing. The shorter days meant less work and more fun."

Old Sturbridge Village celebrates life in early New England from 1790 – 1840. Located just off the Massachusetts Turnpike and Routes I-84 and 20 in Sturbridge, Mass., OSV is open year-round, but days and hours vary seasonally. Beginning Oct. 22, the Village is open Wednesday – Sunday from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Admission is: $24 for adults; $20 for seniors; $8 for children ages 3-17; children under 2 and under are admitted free. Each admission includes free parking and a free second-day visit within 10 days. Woo Card subscribers get 25% of adult daytime admission; college Woo cardholders receive 50% off adult daytime admission. For details, visit or call 800-SEE-1830.
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Ann Lindblad
VP Communications
Old Sturbridge Village

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