Old Sturbridge Village, the Oliver Wight Tavern, the Museum Store, and the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges are all currently closed to the public. Read the latest statement from President and CEO Jim Donahue below.
For information regarding the temporary closure of Old Sturbridge Academy, visit osacps.org.
Notice from Old Sturbridge Village President and CEO 3/19/2020
Hello Old Sturbridge Village community,
First, I hope this message finds you and your family well. Much has transpired since my email of last week announcing that Old Sturbridge Village would be closed to the public through March 28. Governor Baker has closed all Massachusetts schools for three weeks, limited bars and restaurants to take-out and delivery services and discouraged gatherings of more than 25 people.
We at OSV are working hard to do our part during this crisis. We have reduced our staffing to essential employees only. These valuable colleagues are caring for our farm animals; tending to the Village’s gardens and keeping our historic buildings safe and secure during this shutdown. All are following CDC guidelines for promoting health and wellness during this outbreak. Our costumed historians, educators and curators are working remotely so that they can contribute to the social distancing needed to contain the spread of COVID-19. Other staff are also contributing remotely in accounting, human resources and information technology.
It has not been easy for us. We are in the people business here at the Village and engaging with visitors is the lifeblood of our institution. Being with you is what energizes us.
That is why we will be working hard over the next few days and weeks to develop new ways to engage you – our valued visitors and members – in the life of early New England through new digital encounters in what we are referring to internally as “History at Home.” Please connect with us through Facebook if you have not already, and follow our YouTube channel.
And while we are working hard to bring Old Sturbridge Village to you in your homes, we are also working on plans for reopening when the time is right. Working together now, we will get through this crisis. And when we do, the Village will be ready to welcome you back to the museum. For walks through the Common. For a visit to the Freeman Farm. For a musket demonstration. For some time in our Herb Garden.
Finally, I want to thank you for your support of Old Sturbridge Village. If you are a member who supports the museum throughout the year, THANK YOU. If you came to The Sleepy Hollow Experience or Christmas by Candlelight, THANK YOU. If you visited once on a family vacation, THANK YOU. If you attended a special program or brought a school group, THANK YOU.
Because of you, we were able to implement our emergency response plan to keep our members, visitors and employees as safe as possible during this crisis.
Because of you, we have been able to keep our valued costumed historians, curators and educators employed during this shutdown.
And because of you, we have the resources to care for our campus and our collection until we can be together again at the Village.
From our OSV family to yours, we wish you peace and health during this unprecedented time. Thank you for your support and I look forward to seeing you at the Village soon.
Old Sturbridge Village