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Events at OSV Today!
Daily events are subject to change.
Saturday, January 28, 2023
Welcome to Old Sturbridge Village, a recreated 1830s rural New England town! While you are visiting, stop by our numerous households and see what kind of winter activities kept families busy. Our trades will be active as well, from needlework to working at the potter’s wheel, we use the winter to hone our hand skills. See the farmers industriously preparing for the spring season, and of course, our farm animals always enjoy a visitor too.
Please note Kidstory is closed for necessary maintenance work today. Enjoy your visit!
10:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. Tales for Cold Weather:
Hear stories with a winter setting
(in the Richardson House, Building #13).
11:30 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. Meet a 19th Century Midwife:
Learn about childbirth in the 1830s
(in the Richardson House, Building #13).
3:00 p.m. A Reading of New England Poetry: Listen to poems by Longfellow, Thoreau, and others (in the Salem
Towne House, Building #16).
10:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. Musical Highlights, The Guitar: Learn about the guitar in New England, and hear a sample of music performed on a 19th-century style guitar
(at the Fitch House, Building #21).
11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. Musical Highlights, The Rocking Melodeon: Listen to a selection of songs on one of the most unusual instruments of the 19th century. Learn about the people that would have played on this instrument, and how it works
(at the Richardson House, Building #13).
3:00 p.m. Ballroom Etiquette: Learn about the forms of ceremony or decorum used in the entertainment of dancing during the 1830s (in the Bullard Tavern, Building #3).
Small House (Building # 5) Cold winters had their advantages! Stop by to see how many families made their year’s candles at home, one dip at a time.
Fenno House (Building #23) Winter is a wonderful time to turn wool from sheep into yarn for knitting warm clothing.
Visit the Fenno House to see wool being spun into yarn on a great wheel and yarn being knitted into warm winter clothing.
Printing Office (Building #18) Small printing offices often worked for publishers in Philadelphia, New York, or Boston, printing and binding books for sale anywhere in New England. They often also did smaller printing jobs for local people.
Cooper Shop (Building #37) Coopers made round wooden containers including pails, tubs, and barrels for their neighbors.
Asa Knight Store (Building #11) Country stores brought in goods from all over the world, through seaports like Boston and Providence. They also bought locally produced goods such as butter, cheese, and handwork for sale in those urban commercial centers.
The Carryall (weather permitting)
We offer a horse-drawn carryall ride included with the price of admission. From 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. you can board behind the Bullard Tavern (#3) or in front of the Blacksmith Shop (#39) about every 40 minutes for a ride around the Mill Pond.
Dining & Shopping
Bullard Café (Building #3) (on the Ground Floor)
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. A variety of lunch options and beverages.
Miner Grant Store & Bake Shop (Building #19)
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Stop in to buy our famous chocolate chip cookies, Joe Frogger cookies, and treats. Shop for Village-made wares, heirloom seeds, historical children’s toys and gifts, too!
Ox & Yoke Mercantile (Building #1)
10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Take home a traditional rural New England treasure or locally made gift. Village-made crafts and kits, home décor, books, and more await! We stay open a bit later than the rest of the Village.
Hog Butchering at the Freeman Farm & Farmhouse
Throughout the day – Join us to see how we turn a hog into meat for the table. We will demonstrate the process from removing the hide and innards in the barn to butchering, the dividing up of meat, in the farmhouse. The crops and animals raised on our farms are used throughout the year in our daily hearth cooking programs. We recognize this is a sensitive topic for many visitors, please use your own discretion. (Building #36)
The Environmental Point of View
Woodland Walk (#47) A short hike along Pogus Brook to a wooded viewing platform.
Pasture Walk (#49) Takes you to the top of Powder House Hill, offering views of the pastured landscape.
River Walk (#50) Best views of the Wight Dam and a peaceful setting to enjoy the Quinebaug River.
Please note all walks are open but are not maintained.
Icy conditions may be present.
Photo: Old Sturbridge Village