Cooped up at home? Join us on Facebook and Instagram for Virtual Village – where we will be bringing Old Sturbridge Village into your home. Our interpreters will be sharing fun facts, activities, recipes and more, while our farmers have promised to update us with photos and videos of our animals. We hope our Virtual Village will provide a bright spot in your day – and keep your whole family entertained and engaged.

If you’re not on Facebook or Instagram, you can view Virtual Village content below. We’ll be updating daily until the Village re-opens!

Keep up to date with information regarding the Village’s temporary closure and eventual re-opening here.

May 28, 2020: Tapering Steel

May 27, 2020: Caption This! Video Clip of Maybel

May 26, 2020: Butter Making Trivia

May 25, 2020: Miniature Monday

May 24, 2020: There’s Still Lots To Do on the Farm!

May 23, 2020: Chicks

May 22, 2020: Flower Friday

May 21, 2020: Chirping Chicks

May 20, 2020: Choose Your Own Adventure Story

Start the adventure here.

May 19, 2020: Frolicking Calves Coloring Page

Download the coloring page here.

 

May 18, 2020: The Bull Calves Have Names!

May 17, 2020: At Home Scavenger Hunt

Download the Scavenger Hunt list here.

May, 16, 2020: A Curiosity from Old Sturbridge Village Museum Collection

May 15, 2020: Spring Cleaning & a Fireboard from the Old Sturbridge Village Museum Collection

May 14, 2020: Alphabet Toy

May 13, 2020: Behind the Scenes: Barn Floor Repairs

May 12, 2020: Garden Update: Salem Towne Garden

May 11, 2020: Caption This! Running of the Sheep Clip

May 10, 2020: Mother’s Day

May 9, 2020: Objects that Inspire: Cymbeline

May 8, 2020: Flower Friday | Cowslip

May 7, 2020: Make a Cardboard Loom

Download the how-to guide here.

May 6, 2020: Wallpaper Wednesday

May 5, 2020: Frolicking Cattle

May 4, 2020: Caption This! Lamb Edition

May 4, 2020: Miniature Monday

May 3, 2020: Lambs

May 2, 2020: Peddler Ambrotype

May 1, 2020: Hexagonal Paper Piecing

Download the how-to guide here.

April 30, 2020: Nine Men’s Morris

Download the how-to guide here.

April 30, 2020: Making Butter

Download the lesson plan here.

April 29, 2020: #WhatIsThisWednesday

(Answer: This object is a copy press patented by James Wyatt in 1780. Businesses such as manufacturers, wholesalers, and professionals like lawyers and bankers, then as now, often needed to make copies of letters, invoices, and other documents, and the copy press was a convenient and completely accurate means of maintaining those duplicate records. The person making a copy would place a damp, very thin sheet of copy paper over a recently printed document and run the combination through the rollers built into the case. The copy paper would absorb some of the residual ink on the printed document, creating a copy. The process would create a mirror image of the text (in other words, printed backwards), so the copy would have to be read THROUGH the paper. Needless to say, the copy process could only be repeated once or twice before the master sheet or the copies became too faint to read.)

April 28, 2020: Doll from the Old Sturbridge Village Museum Collection

April 27, 2020: Animal Update: Pig Enjoys Fresh Slop

April 26, 2020: Two Portraits, One Artist

April 25, 2020: Coggeshall Farm Museum

April 24, 2020: Women’s Hairstyles

April 23, 2020: Animal Update: Another New Bull Calf!

April 23, 2020: Chamber Pot

April 22, 2020: Preparing the Parsonage Garden

April 21, 2020: Animal Update: Close up of Our New Bull Calf

April 20, 2020: Step-by-Step Pie Crust Making Demonstration

Ever make a pie from scratch? Now is a great time to try! Making pie crust is intimidating for some modern cooks, but it is simple once you get the hang of it. Watch this step-by-step video to see Ashleigh, our Domestic Management Straker Fellow, demonstrate how to make a pie crust. Then, check out our collection of historic receipts here, where you can find receipts (recipes) for apple and pork pie, cranberry pie, Marlborough pudding, mince pie, carrot pie, and more.

April 20, 2020: Patriots’ Day

Read the short article by Tom here.

April 19, 2020: This Day in History

April 18, 2020: Fresh Snow on the Ground

April 17, 2020: Animal Update: Lambs on the Farm

April 16, 2020: Embroidery Patterns Last Used in 1830

April 16, 2020: Behind the Scenes on the Farm

April 15, 2020: New Calf on the Farm

April 14, 2020: Sheep to Shawl

April 14, 2020: Molding Planes

April 13, 2020: Zoom Backgrounds

Check out and download some images from the Village that you can use for a virtual background when using Zoom here.

April 12, 2020: Running of the Sheep

April 11, 2020: National Board Game Day


April 10, 2020: Garden Update: Scilla

April 9, 2020: New Historical Receipt: Fricassee of Parsnips

See a collection of historical receipts (recipes, with modern adaptations) here.

April 9, 2020: Animal Update: Chickens

April 8, 2020: Parsnip Harvest

April 8, 2020: Coloring Pages

Download and print 4 coloring pages created by our very own Victoria Haynes here.

April 7, 2020: Coffee or Tea?

April 6, 2020: Behind the Scenes: Making Pots

April 5, 2020: Storing Winter Woolens

April 4, 2020: Storytelling: You Are Nothing But a Goose

April 3, 2020: Behind the Scenes: Sewing

April 2, 2020: Behind the Scenes Look at the Old Sturbridge Village Gardens and Greenhouse

Read the eNews here.

April 2, 2020: Making Mittens

April 1, 2020: April Fools’ Day: A Little History

April 1, 2020: Wedding Wednesday: 360˚ Virtual Tour of Select Village Spaces courtesy of WeddingWire

To view the 360˚ Virtual Tour, click here.

March 31, 2020: Mystery Building


(The above daguerreotype is of the Fenno House at its original location in Canton, MA)

 

March 30, 2020: Behind the Scenes: Costume Work

March 29, 2020: Animal Update: Clover and Maybel

March 28, 2020: Embroidery Inspiration

March 27, 2020: Pruning in the Freeman Orchard

March 26, 2020: Jim Plays a Little Music

March 26, 2020: Collections Highlight: Make-Do Pitcher

March 25, 2020: Pruning a Flowering Pear Tree

March 25, 2020: Animal Update From Our Coordinator of Agriculture

March 24, 2020: New Historical Receipt: Winter Vegetable Soup

See a collection of historical receipts (recipes, with modern adaptations) here.

March 24, 2020: Collections Highlight: Make-Do Pincushion

March 23, 2020: Working From Home