A family looks on as a cabinetmaker in 1830s costume works a treadle wheelSummer at Old Sturbridge Village means more sun, fun, and celebration of the season. A visit to the largest living history museum in New England is an ideal summer getaway for all ages. Whether you come to meet our farm animals, marvel at the skills of our artisans, stroll through the gardens, listen to historical music, learn about New England history, or any combination thereof, no two visits are alike.

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Explore the Sights, Sounds, and Tasks of Summer

Old Sturbridge Village is open Wednesday – Sunday
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Summer was a busy season for early 19th-century New Englanders. There were field crops to cultivate, gardens to tend and weed, hay to cut and bring into the barns, milk to turn into cheese, and freshly sheared wool to card, spin, and weave. Our costumed historians will be busy with these and many other tasks throughout the summer. Early New Englanders also found time for fun, though – and guests and invited to try their hands at historical games.

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Music and Art Weekend

July 29th – 30th
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate our skilled artists and musicians through special demonstrations and performances. You may just find inspiration for your next craft project!

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Redcoats & Rebels

August 5th – 6th
Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m and Sunday 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

See the largest military re-enactment in New England with hundreds of costumed Revolutionary War reenactors. Visitors can not only explore our exhibits, and galleries, and talk with our costumed historians about everyday life in early New England, but also witness recreated skirmishes and battles, and hear fife and drum music.

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Textile Weekend

August 12th – 13th
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Have you ever wondered how we know what was made and worn by individuals in the 1830s? During Textile Weekend, Behind the Scenes & Seams, we are highlighting original clothing and textile-related objects from the museum’s permanent collection while creating new copies for side-by-side comparisons and a closer look at how we know what we know about the past.

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Now Open! Ox and Yoke Café

Dining options at the Village have expanded to include the new Ox & Yoke Café. Scrumptious sweet and savory baked goods made on-site, along with freshly ground coffee, beer and wine, maple water, and more are available. Enjoy pies, focaccia, cheesecake, or a “flight” of cookies! Be sure to stop by the Mercantile and see the latest handcrafted redware mugs, lanterns, and other gifts.

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Coming a distance? Book a Package at the Old Sturbridge Inn & Reeder Family Lodges!

Come book a night at Old Sturbridge Inn & Reeder Family Lodges and explore the Village during the summer season. Whether to stay immersed in the Early 1800s or relax in a modern room, the Lodge can accommodate your stay. This package includes 2 standard daytime admission tickets. Additional tickets booked are discounted by 50%.

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