Harvest Days at Old Sturbridge Village Oct. 20-21

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Fall foliage, cider-making, vegetable harvesting, grain threshing, and more

(Sturbridge, Mass.) Oct. 2, 2012– Fall harvest time in early New England was an important time of year when farm families worked hard to put away enough food to last until the following summer. During Harvest Days weekend October 20-21 at Old Sturbridge Village, visitors can take part in all of the activities of an old-fashioned harvest: threshing and winnowing grain, shelling corn and beans, churning butter, and harvesting potatoes, carrots and beets. OSV's ox-powered Cider Mill will be in action, and visitors can learn how making cider was an important way to preserve the apple harvest. For details, call 1-800-SEE-1830 or visit www.osv.org.

Old Sturbridge Village offers some of the best foliage views in New England, and is a favorite autumn destination, especially with photographers – amateurs and professionals alike. Among the most photographed scenes are of the Village’s stagecoach rolling past brilliant sugar maples on the Common, and its 19th-century Vermont Covered Bridge framed in brilliant foliage and reflected in the Mill Pond.

Although today we associate harvest time with fall foliage and “leaf peeping,” for early New England farm families, it was a “make or break” season. With no refrigeration, preserving the newly-harvested food was an important element of the season to ensure that families had enough to eat throughout the winter and spring. During Harvest days, OSV visitors can tour the root cellar, learn about food preservation methods used in the 1800s, and how these techniques can be applied today.

Old Sturbridge Village celebrates New England life in the 1830s and is one of the largest living history museums in the country.  The museum is open daily 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. seven days a week.  OSV offers free parking and a free return visit within 10 days. Admission: $24; seniors $22; children 3-17, $8; children 2 and under, free. Woo Card subscribers get $5 off adult daytime admission; college Woo cardholders receive $12 off adult daytime admission. For times and details of all OSV activities visit: www.osv.org or call 1-800-SEE-1830.

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Ann Lindblad
VP Communications
Old Sturbridge Village

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