Discovery Adventures - Summer 2018 - Apprentices - Ages 11-14

Give your child a chance to step back in time and experience life in the 1830s at Old Sturbridge Village. Every session offers kids the opportunity to explore an aspect of 19th-century history and daily life--from animal care and farming, to dirty jobs and hearth cooking.

All programs include an afternoon snack, hands-on crafts, and the chance to learn something new while making lasting friends and memories.


Per Person $325; OSV Members $300 (unless otherwise mentioned)

Crafts and Trades

Register for July 9-13
Register for July 23-28

Plunge into the world of 19th-century artisans with this adventure that will give you hands-on experience with 1830s craft. Each day, participants will focus on a different trade like blacksmithing, pottery, and woodwork. After meeting with the Village’s knowledgeable costumed historians, we will work on our own exciting projects from clay, wood, and metal. Please note: Because of materials costs, the fee for this program is an additional $25 per child.

Kitchen Kids

Register for July 16-20
Register July 30-August 3

Where did food come from in the 1830s? How did people keep food good without refrigeration? More importantly, how does food from the 1830s taste? Get cooking with this exploration of 19th-century food. Chefs will participate in savory and sweet cooking projects during the week—including in one of the Village’s households--learn about 1830s food preservation and science, and investigate where people got their food in the early 1800s.

Arts and Entertainment

Register for August 6-10

Seeking young people with creativity and an interest in the arts! Participants will cultivate their social graces while they learn about the leisure pastimes of people in the 1830s. Join in the art, music, and dance of the time. The week will culminate in a group performance for your fellow Discovery Adventurers!


Register for July 30-August 3

Taking on the role of a real 18th- and 19th-century Sturbridge militia or retired Revolution military man,  our company will learn the discipline, drills, target practice, arms, clothing and personal equipment that were required of a member of an early New England militia. In addition to all the practice drills, you’ll try some authentic outdoor camp cooking and practice music on your tin whistle. Please note: Because of materials costs, the fee for this program is an additional $25 per child.