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Old Sturbridge Village is an 1830's New England living history museum that is open to the public for a step back in time.
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The town of Sturbridge Massachusetts was founded in 1738 and is located in south central Massachusetts in Worcester County.

Sturbridge is well known for being the home of Old Sturbridge Village which was created to interpret the look of life in the early 1800s. Another charming part of town is the Town Common which is currently included in the National Historic District.

Homes as well as public buildings were built in the late 17th to early 18th century and have been outstandingly maintained to the point that they are very near to their original condition.

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2nd Annual Holiday Concert

Experience an exquisite evening of music and fine dining.

Sip seasonal cocktails when the evening begins at 6:00 p.m. with a cash bar, and move into the Oliver Wight Tavern at 6:30 for a menu to warm the winter night. Following your meal, this special performance will take place in the idyllic Center Meetinghouse inside the village.

 

Please note that Old Sturbridge Village has seasonal hours during the month of December and will not be open during the day before this evening program. You may want to consider staying over at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges and coming back Friday evening for our Christmas by Candlelight Program.



When: Dec 10, 2015 6 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost:

Information on this popular event is forthcoming. 

(Thu, 10 Dec 2015 18 )
Harvest Party

Don't miss this special family-friendly night at the Village - a chance to enjoy a crisp, autumn evening in New England with special Village programs.

On the Common, warm yourself by the bonfire or take a horse-drawn hayride. Stop by the barn and listen to a tale or two. Take a moment to sit and enjoy one of our live musical performances. 

The Mill Pond, illuminated with fiery displays, lights the way into the countryside. Sidle up by the fire in the Freeman Farm kitchen to see what they're cooking. Then, step into the barn for a little dancing.

Visit the blacksmith, potter, and  tinner at their work. Watch the cooper doing his Barrel Firing - the finishing process for barrel-making when the boards are bent into their final shape.

Kiln Firing
On this night our potters carry out the spectacular annual firing of the kiln. The 1830s-style 24-foot-high brick kiln will be fired to 1,900 degrees Fahrenheit and fire a year's worth of vintage-style redware pottery. Village potters will be stoking the kiln fire all day to reach the high temperatures needed. When fully loaded for firing, the kiln holds 800 freshly glazed pots stacked 10 feet high. It takes three cords of wood stoked over 24 hours to bring it to maximum firing temperature. Planning Ahead

Add an overnight stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges. Packages available for additional savings.

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When: Sep 26, 2015 6 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 26 Sep 2015 18 )
Agricultural Exhibition

Experience an old-fashioned agricultural exhibition complete with demonstrations of early New England farm equipment, period craftsmen, and displays of Village-grown heirloom vegetables, herbs, and flowers, as well as heritage breed farm animals. On Sunday, see the Village ox teams compete with visiting teams in plowing matches and cart competitions.

Tour the Village root cellar and learn how they were used.

Demonstrations and hands-on activities get visitors close to the action. See ox-powered apple grinding (Saturday) and pressing (Sunday) at the Cider Mill. Watch field mowing or assist with plowing, and grain threshing. Watch butter, cheese, and ice cream being made.

Help knit or crochet scarves for soldiers through Knitting for a Cause.

Home gardeners can enter their heirloom vegetables and flowers in a competition for premiums following 19th-century judging standards. Learn more about this competition.  Planning Ahead

Add an overnight stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges.

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When: Sep 19, 2015 10 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 19 Sep 2015 10 )
Secret Sage


When: May 16, 2015 12:01:00 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 16 May 2015 00:01:00 )
Collectors' Forum: Kindred Spirits: A.B. Wells, Malcolm Watkins and the Origins of Old Sturbridge Village
Save the Date!

Updates on this event are forthcoming. Please check back soon for details.  



When: Oct 24, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 24 Oct 2015 09 )
Corporate Appreciation Weekend

We look forward to welcoming employees of our Business Partners to Old Sturbridge Village.

On these two days, complimentary admission to OSV will be extended to the employees of our Business Partners - including up to six immediate family members (parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, spouses, and siblings) per employee.

Not sure your company is a member? Need to renew your membership?
Call 508-347-0231 or email us to confirm or for more information. Planning Ahead

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When: May 2, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 02 May 2015 09 )
Redcoats & Rebels

See the largest military re-enactment in New England with nearly 1,000 soldiers portraying British, Irish, Spanish, Scottish, French and Colonial troops. The Village is transformed into a military camp from the time of the War for Independence, as it was known in early New England. Come see what it was really like for those who fought to win America's freedoms.

Daytime events on both days include activities such as:

  • Mock battles and skirmishes
  • Tours of the British and American camps
  • "School of the Soldier" training demonstrations
  • 18th-century Fashions in the Press featuring military and civilian clothing
  • Cannon demonstrations
  • Musket drilling with kids
  • Martial music
  • Help with camp laundry
  • Learn scouting techniques during "Reconnoiter with a Ranger"
  • Drilling and inspection of the troops
  • Visit the battlefield hospital - see small pox innoculations and treatment of the wounded after the battles
  • See the daily life of a Revolutionary War soldier - including delivery of uniforms, pay calls, and prisoner exchanges
  • Play 18th-century baseball
  • Attend a "Service for the Troops"
  • Learn 18th-century dances
  • Explore interactive miniature war gaming

Twilight Encampment
On Saturday, stay for special extended hours; the Village will be open until 8:00 p.m. (but exhibits will not be open) and visitors can mingle with troops in their camps from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. There is no additional charge for the evening program. Hear a cannon barrage and at 6:00 p.m. hear the love story of John and Abigail Adams through their love letters. (The Village will close at its normal time, 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.)

Food and beverages will be available for sale in the Village Cafe and Bullard Tavern Cafeteria. Grilled items and ice cream, as well as wine and beer will also be sold in the Village. Visitors may bring in their own food, but no outside alcohol is allowed. Planning Ahead

Purchase your tickets online in advance to expedite your entrance into the Village.

Add an overnight stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges.

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When: Aug 1, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 01 Aug 2015 09 )
Textile Weekend: Everyday Elegance: Early 19th Century Clothing for Ladies and Gentlemen

Each year, Old Sturbridge Village explores a different aspect of 19th-century textiles. This year will focus on everyday elegance of ladies and gentlemen. If you are interested in 1830s fashion and period dress this special weekend is for you!  Planning Ahead

Purchase your tickets online in advance to expedite your entrance into the Village. (Remember, kids get free admission in August.)

Add an overnight stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges.

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When: Aug 15, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 15 Aug 2015 09 )
Wool Days

The sheep get their yearly "haircuts" this weekend. Farmers shear the sheep, and costumed historians demonstrate the entire wool textile process, from scouring and carding the wool to spinning, and then knitting the hand-spun wool yarn. Visitors can even try their skill at hand-carding the wool.

See sheep herding demonstrations. David Kennard of Wellscroft Farm in New Hampshire will be demonstrating how his border collies can herd. 

Join us in knitting (or crocheting) scarves for deployed soldiers. Help to add a few rows to scarves already in progress.

Learn about the natural dyes used to produce an amazing array of colors in the 19th century. Use modern dyeing techniques to dye your own skein of OSV yarn or make felted jewelry at the Craft Center (fee applies).

Different Wools - Meet alpacas and llamas  to learn about wool from different animals.

See how wool is transformed into household linens and garments with demontrations of the spinning wheel and loom.

Meet the animals - lambs, chickens, cows and oxen, and watch a host of daily demonstrations, including musket firing, hearth cooking, printing, coopering, blacksmithing, shoe-making and launching toy hot air balloons. Planning Ahead

Purchase your tickets online in advance to expedite your entrance into the Village.

Add an overnight stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges.

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When: May 23, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 23 May 2015 09 )
Black History Weekend

Old Sturbridge Village recognizes Juneteenth (a celebration dating back to 1865 thought to be the first known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States) by telling some of the most inspiring stories in African-American history. Visitors can learn about the movement leading up to the abolition of slavery that took place in the early 19th century and also enjoy activities and crafts with African-American themes.  Planning Ahead

Purchase your tickets online in advance to expedite your entrance into the Village.

Add an overnight stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges.

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When: Jun 13, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 13 Jun 2015 09 )
Native American Weekend

Explore the role of Native Americans in early New England through a weekend of stories, demonstrations, cooking, and more. 

Watch and listen to Native American flute making and music by Hawk Henries. Meet “Indian Doctress” Molly Geet.

On Sunday, see demonstrations by experts on Native American foodways and tool use. 

Plus, costumed historians will present hearth cooking demonstrations of Native American influence on New England cooking and basket making. Activities also include Native American-themed performances and hands-on crafts. Planning Ahead

Purchase your tickets online in advance to expedite your entrance into the Village.

Add an overnight stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges.

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When: Apr 25, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 25 Apr 2015 09 )
Apple Fest

Apples ready to harvest is a favorite sign of fall in New England. Enjoy the crisp autumn days at Old Sturbridge Village with special events throughout our Apple Days.

Come tour the orchards, help us pick apples, and taste some nearly forgotten heirloom apple varieties.Througout the day our interpreters will be cooking and preserving this special fall fruit. Then, try your hand at cider-making, and see the ox-powered Cider Mill in operation (grinding on Saturday, pressing on Sunday.) You can even make your own muling spices sachet to take home. Planning Ahead

Add an overnight stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges. (OSV Member discounts available.)

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When: Oct 3, 2015 10:45:00 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 03 Oct 2015 10:45:00 )
From Field to Table Weekend
A Harvest Season Celebration

Come help us celebrate the harvest and the beautiful New England autumn. Learn how food makes its way from the farm to the dining room table. Meet our oxen and see multiple teams demonstrate plowing and preparing the fields. Learn more about heritage breed animals and talk with breeders.

Help with the harvest, taste heirloom apples, and learn about methods of food preservation. Watch interpreters cook with tomatoes and quince. Help pick apples and taste the different heirloom varieties. The Cider Mill will be operating this weekend (and most weekends in October), with apples ground by ox-power on Saturday and the pulp pressed for its juice on Sunday.  You can even get in on the act with a hand-powered "cider mill".

Join our costumed interpreters as they:

  • Harvest apples, potatoes, carrots, and beets
  • Give tours of the orchard
  • Put the Herb Garden "to bed" for the season
  • Conduct garden and root cellar tours and discuss food preparation
  • Grind corn with a "quern"
  • Thresh and winnow grain
  • Shell corn and beans
  • Churn butter

Planning Ahead

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When: Oct 17, 2015 10:45:00 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 17 Oct 2015 10:45:00 )
Thanksgiving Weekend: After the Harvest Activities

Join us to experience the traditions of an early 19th-century New England Thanksgiving. Learn about 1830s dining etiquette and watch the men of the Village compete in a post-dinner target shoot. Smell the scents of roasted turkey and pies warming by the fire. Learn about Native American Thanksgiving traditions and customs, and hear the minister talk about the real meaning of Thanksgiving in the Village's historic Center Meetinghouse. 
 

Friday, November 27

Marvel at the marksmanship of local villagers as they compete for bragging rights and other traditional prizes during this unique 19th-century Thanksgiving social event. The shooters will use traditional smoothbore flintlock muskets. There will be a gun available from time to time for young shooters to examine - without powder, of course.

  • See and smell turkeys roasting before the fire
     
  • Observe a 19th-century Thanksgiving meal being enjoyed by our costumed interpreters and learn how their dining customs differ from today's
     
  • Expanded 19th-century Shooting Match
  • Discover Native American foodways and their own unique Thanksgiving connections. Visit with the Indian Doctress as she shares Native traditions of giving thanks.
     
  • Thanksgiving Dinner and Thanksgiving Buffet at OSV
Saturday, November 28

Thanksgiving was a time of celebration and family reunions. With everyone gathered together it also became a favorite time to celebrate a wedding.  Visitors will get a chance to talk with the couple in the morning during their prenuptual preparations. In the afternoon, hear readings from the diaries and letters that document their star-crossed courtsthip and then watch the couple exchange vows.

  • A re-created early New England Wedding
  • History of Thanksgiving
     
  • Day-After-Thanksgiving Feast Buffet at the Oliver Wight Tavern
Sunday, November 29
  • Musket-firing demonstrations
     
  • History of Thanksgiving presentation

Watch a slide show. Planning Ahead

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When: Nov 27, 2015 11 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Fri, 27 Nov 2015 11 )
Music & Art Weekend

Free admission and a special gift (while supplies last) for dads on Father's Day, Sunday, June 15.

The Village comes alive with the lost sounds and sights of 19th-century popular music and art as more than 50 singers, dancers, musicians, and artists perform and demonstrate. See antique instruments from the Village collection that are rarely on display. See fife and drum music performed. Learn how to play a tin whistle. Planning Ahead

Purchase your tickets online in advance to expedite your entrance into the Village.

Add an overnight stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges.

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When: Jun 20, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 20 Jun 2015 09 )
December School Vacation Week

Keep the kids busy and engaged during December school vacation at Old Sturbridge Village, with a wide range of crafts, entertainment and outdoor activities offered for all ages.

Other vacation week activities include sledding (try our 1830s-style sleds) and sleigh rides (snow permitting).

Take part in hands-on activities and see special performances all week long. Try your hand at dipping candles the old-fashioned way.

The Village, Tavern, and Gift Shops will all be open throughout the school vacation week. Planning Ahead

Purchase your tickets online in advance to expedite your entrance into the Village.

Add an overnight stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges.

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When: Dec 26, 2015 11:15:00 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 26 Dec 2015 11:15:00 )
Home School Day

Our Home School Days offer you and your children the opportunity to explore the Village and participate in hands-on activities. This is a great opportunity for children to gain exposure to many aspects of 1830s New England life in an interactive way.

We recommend that you allow for up to three hours to visit the Village, in addition to any scheduled hands-on studios. If time permits, consider making a quick craft in the Hands-on Crafts Center; $5-10 per activity (first come, first served); some age and safety restrictions apply.

Read more about our Home School program and check back for specific activities as this event approaches. Planning Ahead

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When: Nov 4, 2015 11:45:00 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Wed, 04 Nov 2015 11:45:00 )
Families Cook

This unforgettable experience invites families with children ages 8 and up to prepare and eat a complete 19th-century dinner by the hearth.

Historically costumed staff will help interpret the receipts (recipes) and share tips, but you'll be learning the hearth cooking techniques and working alongside other families to prepare a delicious meal. Bring the grandparents and cousins, too!

The evening is limited to a total of 14 adults and children (ages 8 and up, please).

Interested in a private Families Cook event? Please contact us for details. Typical Menu

Potted Cheese on Common Crackers
Hot Mulled Cider
Roast Stuffed Chicken
Cranberry Sauce
Mashed Potatoes
Roasted Carrots
Buttered Biscuits
Apple Pie
Trifle
Sparkling Cider
Coffee
Hot Chocolate

A great gift idea...purchase gift certificates to cover the cost of this program.

Dinner in a Country Village, a similar program for adults only, is offered on select Saturdays from November through March. (See Hearth Cooking Events in the right column for dates.) Planning Ahead

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When: Dec 30, 2015 5 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost:

$95 per person ($75 for OSV Members)Register Securely Online


(Wed, 30 Dec 2015 17 )
Country Folk Art Show Sturbridge
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When: Nov 27, 2015 12 AM to Nov 29, 2015 12 AMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Fri, 27 Nov 2015 00 )
TICA Cat Show - Nauticats
April 24-26, 2015
Nauticats
Showhall:Sturbridge Host Hotel and Conference Center
366 Main Street
Sturbridge, MA  01566

Info:Donna Madison, nauticat@maine.rr.com
Hotel:Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center, 366 Main St., Sturbridge, MA; 508-347-7393



When: Apr 24, 2015 12 AM to Apr 26, 2015 12 AMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00 )
Mother's Day

Free admission and a special gift, a blend of favorite heirloom seeds, for moms (while supplies last) on Mother's Day at Old Sturbridge Village and enter a giveaway to win a Village-made tea set. 

Family events are planned throughout the day, including a "Moms vs. Kids" tug-o-war, hands-on crafts, and performances.

Visit the Village households and craftshops to learn about parenting in the 19th century. See the tinsmith make a baby rattle and the potter make flower pots. Learn about cooking for children and hear performances of "Songs for Mothers and Children."

Take a tour of the OSV gardens with a focus on medicinal plants used by mothers during the early 19th century.

Enter a giveaway to win a special Mother's Day basket at the Museum Gift Shop. Planning Ahead

Purchase your tickets online in advance to expedite your entrance into the Village.

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When: May 10, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sun, 10 May 2015 09 )
Patriots' Day

Join us in learning how the start of the Revolutionary War affected a small New England community.

Patriots' Day observances at Old Sturbridge will resound with the peal of bells, the stirring beat of drums and the thrilling call of the fife, as the Sturbridge Militia musters on the common on Monday, April 20th. Special programs and activities throughout the day will invite visitors to experience the sights and sounds of our colonial ancestors, reacting with hasty alarm to action at Lexington and Concord.

Men hasten from their farms, homes and families to march to the aid of those already engaged in the initial battle of the American Revolution against King George's tyranny. Housewives cook and entertain in their kitchens and parlors, watching from a window or doorstep perhaps, as the men march off to war. Then, young visitors are invited to become minutemen and women, wielding muskets and swords, learning to drill and march, flags flying, in the manner of the boys of '76. "Muskets" are provided for this ever-popular exercise in leadership, bravery, and derring-do for small patriots.

Witness the making of real musket balls in the small house; in the museum's craft center you may make your own Revolutionary War cartridge, using paper, ball and "powder".

Thrill to the songs sung during and of those perilous times;  observe the uniformed splendor of the Emerick brothers as they provide, with correct military music, background for the day's events. This year they will present a special fife and drum program, contrasting and comparing military tunes of the American Revolution with what our American soldiers would hear thirty-six years later, in our 1812 second war with Great Britain.

Not all Americans fought against the British crown; many sided with and pledged their allegiance to the king. They called themselves loyalists; to them, our patriots were rebels. On the 20th,  you are invited to meet one of those loyalists;  he will tell you of his side of the conflict, oft times at the cost of hardship and heartache to him and his family.

This year, it is our pleasure and privilege to present yet another aspect of our nation's military history. Two hundred years ago, our still-young country was fighting another war with Great Britain, the War of 1812, in which the plucky "Old Ironsides" played so notable a part. The U.S.S. Constitution's surgeon will be present, wearing full 1812 naval regalia, to describe life and the practice of medicine aboard the historic vessel.

And, as ever, the life of our village swirls and eddies about us. The sheep, pigs, cows and oxen, the chickens and turkeys go about their busy work and play throughout the village, offering occasional photo ops, as do youngsters enjoying the games of yesteryear.  The housewives and their families, though war threatens their young country, are observing the rites of spring. Important business is conducted among tradesmen and craftsmen. Textiles and fashions and clothing offer a history lesson of their own. Enjoy the harmony of historic purpose and achievement in our splendid springtime nineteenth century setting.

How did the news of Lexington and Concord affect a small New England community? For a day of history, entertainment and discovery, visit Old Sturbridge Village on April 20th as we celebrate our nation's beginning and continuing perseverance, in war and in peace. Planning Ahead

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When: Apr 20, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Mon, 20 Apr 2015 09 )
An Evening of Illumination

Step into the past and experience the quiet charms of evening as early New Englanders did. Enjoy a special guided tour of select buildings around the Village common, with shops and homes lit by the soft glow of candles, oil lamps and firelight. See a slide show.

Light refreshments, mulled cider, and a cash bar await at the Bullard Tavern to make the night complete.

Tours are limited to 15 guests each and leave the Visitor Center every 10 minutes from 6:00 p.m. through 7:30 p.m. Planning Ahead

Add an overnight stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges. Packages available for additional savings.

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When: Nov 7, 2015 11:45:00 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost:

Cost: $35 per person; $30 for OSV Members

Registration will open in early Autumn. 

(Sat, 07 Nov 2015 11:45:00 )
Antique Carriage Rally

See dozens of antique horse-drawn carriages throughout the village as part of our Historic Transportation Weekend, which also includes the Antique Car Rally on Saturday, June 6.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Jim O'Brien. Planning Ahead

Purchase your tickets online in advance to expedite your entrance into the Village.

Add an overnight stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges.

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When: Jun 7, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sun, 07 Jun 2015 09 )
Independence Day Celebration

Come celebrate the best July 4th in history with old-fashioned, patriotic family fun.

For the safety and comfort of all guests, all coolers, bags, chairs, and backpacks will be subject to inspection at the point of admission.

Join in the fun as the martial band leads the citizens' procession as they march through the streets. Cheer and huzzah during a rousing patriotic reading of the Declaration of Independence and sign a giant reproduction of the document.

Make your own tri-cornered hat to wear as you learn to drill with the Sturbridge Militia. Learn dances done by 19th-century Americans and play a game of "base ball."

Watch music and other special performances on the Common. Planning Ahead

Purchase your tickets online in advance to expedite your entrance into the Village.

Add an overnight stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges.

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When: Jul 4, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 04 Jul 2015 09 )
Garden Symposium

A workshop for the home gardener, no experience necessary.

Planning your first vegetable garden or hoping to improve the quality of your backyard vegetable garden? Join us as this popular program returns for its sixth year with an emphasis on techniques to start and succeed with common vegetables.

Consider entering items from your harvest at our Agricultural Exhibition in September.Follow-up programs during spring and summer

As a special benefit of participation in this March workshop, a series of follow-up demonstrations will take place in our OSV gardens on select weekends during the 2015 garden season. These demonstrations will be available exclusively to March workshop participants.

Please note: OSV Members and Sturbridge residents are admitted to the Village free for these follow-up programs.  March Garden Workshop participants who are not OSV Members or Sturbridge residents will be eligible for half-price admission to OSV on these scheduled days. Planning Ahead

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When: Mar 21, 2015 1 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 21 Mar 2015 13 )
Veterans' Day

To celebrate Veterans Day, Old Sturbridge Village will present special activities celebrating the nation's military history.

See how lead musket balls were cast in the Small House, and get your initials stamped on your own musket ball at the Blacksmith Shop.

See how American military uniforms and weapons have changed over the past 300 years and see demonstrations of the weapons.

Meet the U.S.S. Constitution's surgeon from the War of 1812.

Children will get an opportunity to drill with toy muskets under the command of the Captain of the Village militia. Planning Ahead

Purchase your tickets online in advance to expedite your entrance into the Village.

Add an overnight stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges.

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When: Nov 11, 2015 11 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost:

All active, veteran and retired members of the military and their families* receive free admission on Veterans Day.  (*up to 6 people.)

(Wed, 11 Nov 2015 11 )
Friends' Day

Old Sturbridge Village will host it's annual day of recognition  and appreciation for you, our Members. We invite you to experience specialty food programs that will be offered throughout the day and will bring to life the foodways and culinary traditions of 19th Century New England.

Upon arrival guests will be given a keepsake collection of recipes that will help enhance their tour of the harvest experience.

In addition to these special programs, all Members attending Friends' Day will receive two admission passes to share with friends on future visits. Specialty Programs include:

• Making of Cheese
• Baking
• Preparing the Kiln for Firing
• Crafting a  Tin Kitchen
• Apple Grinding
• Foodstuffs in the Asa Knight Store
• 19th Century Vegetables: Unusual Edibles
• Preserved to Impress: Preparing Pickles and Preserves for Company 
• The Making of Cider Molasses
• Observe as Preparing the Root Cellar is Prepared for  Winter 
• Cook’s Tours of Village Gardens
• Learn about Extracting Honey and Baking Honey Cake

You may choose to register for a delicious luncheon at the Oliver Wight Tavern from 11:30-1:00 pm featuring recipes taken straight from our extensive collection of historical receipts: Luncheon Menu

Deconstructed Salad Station
OSV Curried Fowl
Yankee Pot Roast
Codfish Cakes
Mashed Potatoes
18th Century Dressed Macaroni
Roasted Root Vegetables
Baked Beans
Indian Pudding with fresh Whipped Cream

Prices for the Luncheon:
Adults $23.00  Youth 4-17 $12.00 Children under 3 are free

Come For Friend's Day and Stay for the Annual Evening Harvest Party at a Reduced Rate if you Register for the Luncheon!

Don't miss this special family-friendly night at the Village - a chance to enjoy a crisp, autumn evening in New England with special Village programs. On the Common, warm yourself by the bonfire or take a horse-drawn hayride. Stop by the barn and listen to a tale or two. Take a moment to sit and enjoy one of our live musical performances.

If you purchase a combined ticket for the luncheon and Harvest Party, each Harvest Party ticket will be reduced by an additional $2 off the already reduced member rate!  ($10 members, $14 for nonmembers).

Please call 508-347-0253 or email: membership@osv.org with any questions.
See a full list of Member benefits and Member-Only events Planning Ahead

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When: Sep 26, 2015 1:15:00 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 26 Sep 2015 13:15:00 )
Drummers' Call

Showcasing many of New England's premier fife and drum bands.

Come learn about the role musicians played in the daily life of an early New England soldier.

Units interpreting an array of different periods will share their various stories and histories. Through the medium of a fashion show, the evolution of historical uniforms will be presented for public inspection.

During the day the units will line up for a grand parade around the village. Each group will also individually perform for review. Later, all the corps will participate in a "Jollification" (the historical equivalent of a large jam session.) Planning Ahead

Add an overnight stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges.

Find some more useful information for planning your visit.



When: Sep 12, 2015 10 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 12 Sep 2015 10 )
Curtis Brand
Going back the the Duck with some of them members of the On Call Band. Come and see who shows up.

When: Apr 25, 2015 7 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 25 Apr 2015 19 )
Garden Workshop

A workshop for the home gardener, no experience necessary.

Planning your first vegetable garden or hoping to improve the quality of your backyard vegetable garden? Join us as this popular program returns for its sixth year with an emphasis on techniques to start and succeed with common vegetables.

Consider entering items from your harvest at our Agricultural Exhibition in September.Follow-up programs during spring and summer

As a special benefit of participation in this March workshop, a series of follow-up demonstrations will take place in our OSV gardens on select weekends during the 2015 garden season. These demonstrations will be available exclusively to March workshop participants.

Please note: OSV Members and Sturbridge residents are admitted to the Village free for these follow-up programs.  March Garden Workshop participants who are not OSV Members or Sturbridge residents will be eligible for half-price admission to OSV on these scheduled days. Planning Ahead

Add an overnight stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges.

Find more useful information for planning your visit.



When: Mar 21, 2015 1 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 21 Mar 2015 13 )
Family Fun Days
Kids 17 and under receive free admission to OSV this summer during July and August when accompanied by an adult paying full price admission. Bring the whole family and celebrate Labor Day Weekend with games and excitement for everyone! You're invited to join the fun on these days: play baseball the way early New Englanders did, make a craft, join a game of French & English (tug of war), meet the oxen in training, try your hand at marbling paper, see a puppet show, watch a toy fire-balloon flight, visit the Freeman Farm, stop and see craftsmen at work, and much more. 19th-century magic with Bob Olson. Old Sturbridge Village Singers. Learn a dance with the Old Sturbridge Village Dancers. See the website for more information and to purchase tickets online.

When: Sep 5, 2015 9:45:00 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost: Included in admission (Sat, 05 Sep 2015 09:45:00 )
Scout Day

Scout Days at Old Sturbridge Village are one of the special Scout programs offered by OSV and provide Boy and Girl Scouts, and their families and friends, the opportunity to learn about America's proud past!  Our recreated community portrays a "typical" New England town of the early 19th century.  Special programs and hands-on studios designed around a specific theme help Scouts earn requirements toward badges, meet other Scouts, and make lasting memories.

Check back for details about this Scout Day as the registration date approaches.

Stay a little longer...special Scout Overnights scheduled! Planning Ahead

Add an overnight stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges.

Find more useful information for planning your visit.



When: Apr 11, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost:

For every one scout in uniform one parent gets in for the child rate ($8). Purchase tickets here.

(Sat, 11 Apr 2015 09 )
Traditional Thanksgiving Feast at Bullard Tavern

There are few places as special at Thanksgiving as Old Sturbridge Village. Treat yourself and your family to a unique holiday experience with dinner inside the Village. Take your seat in the Great Room at Bullard Tavern, located in the heart of the Village on the Center Common and be served a classic, traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Pair your meal with a visit to the Village for special Thanksgiving programming. A Thanksgiving buffet dinner at the Oliver Wight Tavern is also available.

Lodging discounts are available at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges, adjacent to the Village, for those having Thanksgiving dinner at the Village. The Menu

Pounded & Potted Cheese and Crackers
Freshly Baked Breads and Rolls
Whipped Butter
Mulled Cider First Course

Gourd Soup Main Course

Roast Native Turkey with Giblet Gravy
Cranberry Stuffing
Fork-Mashed Potatoes
Candied Yams
Green Beans
Cranberry Sauce Dessert

Choice of: Deep Dish Apple Pie,
Baked Indian Pudding or Pumpkin Pie

Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee , Hot Tea & Soft Drinks included

Full cash bar available



When: Nov 27, 2015 11:15:00 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost:

Seatings at 11:00, 1:45 & 4:15

$64.95 per person;
$62.95 OSV Members
$30.95 for children ages 4-12;
$28.95 OSV Member ages 4-12
No charge for children 3 & under

Tax & Gratuity Included

Museum Admission Required and offered at a discounted rate. For reservations, call 508-347-0285


(Fri, 27 Nov 2015 11:15:00 )
Thanksgiving Buffet at The Oliver Wight Tavern

Leave the cooking and cleaning to us and enjoy a sumptuous Thanksgiving buffet dinner at the Oliver Wight Tavern at Old Sturbridge Village. The buffet will feature classic New England menu items that evoke memories of traditional holiday dinners. Pair your meal with a visit to the Village for special Thanksgiving programming. A Thanksgiving dinner at Bullard Tavern is also available.

Lodging discounts are available at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges, adjacent to the Village, for those having Thanksgiving dinner at the Village. The Menu

Pounded Cheese with Corn Relish
Potted Cheese, Crudités & Crackers
Freshly Baked Breads & Rolls Soups

New England Clam Chowder
Apple-Butternut Squash Bisque Salads

Field Greens with Blue Cheese, Candied Nuts and Maple Vinaigrette
Classic Caesar Salad
Tri-Colored Fusilli Pasta Salad
New Potato Salad
Tomato and Artichoke Salad The Carvery

Roast Turkey with Giblet Gravy
Mustard-Crusted Ham with Roast Pineapple Slices
New England Pot Roast
Cranberry Sauce Entrées

Herb Crusted Salmon
Seafood Pot Pie with Lobster, Scallops & Shrimp
Vegetable Lasagna Vegetables & Starches

Fork-Mashed Potatoes
Candied Yams
Broiled Acorn Squash with Brown Sugar and Vermont Maple Syrup
Cranberry Stuffing
Butternut Squash
Maple-Glazed Carrots
Green Beans with Almonds
Garlic & Herb Roast Fingerling Potatoes Children's Table

Baked Macaroni and Cheese
French Fried Potatoes
Chicken Strips with Assorted Dipping Sauces Dessert Buffet Table

Assorted Cakes, Pies, and Mini Pastries

Full cash bar available
Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee, Hot Tea & Soft Drinks included



When: Nov 27, 2015 11 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost:

Price is $49.95 per person
$47.95 OSV Members
$26.95 for children ages 4-12
$24.95 Members ages 4-12
No charge for children 3 & under

Prices include tax & gratuity.
Prices do not include museum admission, but discounted admission is available. For reservations, call 508-347-0285


(Fri, 27 Nov 2015 11 )
Fire & Ice Day

Half-price admission is offered for all firefighters on this day.

Old-fashioned fire fighting
See an exciting demonstration of historical 19th-century hand-pump fire trucks, and lend a hand by helping to pump the water. Enjoy a fire truck parade around the Common, including historic motorized fire trucks.

We will also host Massachusetts' premier Fire Explorer Scout Muster, providing the opportunity for teams of scouts to compete in several events. Visitors will also have the chance to compete in the same events!

Old-fashioned ice cream
For ice, cool off with demonstrations of old-fashioned ice-cream making, using period tools, techniques, recipes, and ingredients. In the morning, 18th-century techniques will be used  and in the afternoon, we'll switch to 19th-century methods.

The Best Chili in History Contest
Help judge our annual chili contest. Planning Ahead

Purchase your tickets online in advance to expedite your entrance into the Village. (Remember, kids get free admission in August.)

Add an overnight stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges.

Find more useful information for planning your visit.

 



When: Jul 18, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 18 Jul 2015 09 )
April School Vacation Week

Enjoy expanded hands-on and interactive activities throughout the Village, along with family-friendly performances and entertainment, including music, storytelling, and puppet shows. Meet the new arrivals at the farm (every day) and on Monday (Patriots' Day), take part in martial activities.

Children will be invited to help churn butter, plant a seed, or make an ascending snake.

And, don't forget to keep the kids busy with our April School Vacation Week Discovery Adventures.

Package your trip with our special April School Vacation Family Fun Package, which includes admission, lodging, and more for two adults and two children. Planning Ahead

Purchase your tickets online in advance to expedite your entrance into the Village.

Add an overnight stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges.

Find more useful information for planning your visit.

 



When: Apr 18, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 18 Apr 2015 09 )
Families Cook

 

This unforgettable experience invites families with children ages 8 and up to prepare and eat a complete 19th-century dinner by the hearth.

Historically costumed staff will help interpret the receipts (recipes) and share tips, but you'll be learning the hearth cooking techniques and working alongside other families to prepare a delicious meal. Bring the grandparents and cousins, too!

The evening is limited to a total of 14 adults and children (ages 8 and up, please).

Interested in a private Families Cook event? Please contact us for details. Typical Menu

Potted Cheese on Common Crackers
Hot Mulled Cider
Roast Stuffed Chicken
Cranberry Sauce
Mashed Potatoes
Roasted Carrots
Buttered Biscuits
Apple Pie
Trifle
Sparkling Cider
Coffee
Hot Chocolate

A great gift idea...purchase gift certificates to cover the cost of this program.

Dinner in a Country Village, a similar program for adults only, is offered on select Saturdays from November through March. (See Hearth Cooking Events in the right column for dates.) Planning Ahead

Add an overnight stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges.

Find more useful information for planning your visit.



When: Feb 17, 2016 5 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost:

$95 per person ($75 for OSV Members)Register Securely Online


(Wed, 17 Feb 2016 17 )
Massachusetts Juvenile Bar Association’s 2015 Annual Conference

*** THIS EVENT NEEDS A DESCRIPTION AND SCHEDULE, IF POSSIBLE ***

** NEED EXACT TIMES ON BOTH DAYS **



When: Mar 19, 2015 9 AM to Mar 20, 2015 5 PMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Thu, 19 Mar 2015 09 )
Crafting For A Cure- May

Welcome to my May Class

A portion of the proceeds go to the Southbridge Relay for Life!

It's ARMED FORCES DAY!  Bring cards to donate to Operation Write Home!

What you will get is a 3 HOUR guided instruction class with me.  We will be making SIX beautiful coordinating cards, using new products from our Spring Catalog. 

This class will also include a PDF for each project to take home with you so you can re-create it!

When: Saturday, May 16th

Time: 9:30 - 12:30 p.m.

Where: Southbridge Savings Bank- STURBRIDGE, MA (not Southbridge)

Go around to the back of the bank and take the elevator to the top floor.

I provide hot water with coffee/tea/hot chocolate packets and some lite snackies.

(Sorry, no hot totties) Is that how you spell it? LOL

Bring your breakfast, I don't mind. There is also a few eating spots nearby (Wendys, Cracker Barrel, Dunkin Donuts, Subway)

Space is limited, so only class attendees please. 

******NEW******

The classroom remains open for all crafters after class until 9 p.m.  If you would like to stay after class to work on your own projects, we'd love to have you.  Either let me know with an email at angela@angelasinklink.com OR you can join our "Meetup" group and RSVP here.  There is NO CHARGE for staying to craft, but I do ask that you leave some change in our "Relay For Life" jar.  Ask me how you can get involved with joining Relay and raising money to fight cancer!  

SPACE IS LIMITED!!!!!! First come, first served.



When: May 16, 2015 9 AM to May 16, 2015 12 PMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost: Visit EventBrite.com for pricing. (Sat, 16 May 2015 09 )
Crafting For A Cure- April

Welcome to my April Class

A portion of the proceeds go to the Southbridge Relay for Life!

What you will get is a 3 HOUR guided instruction class with me.  We will be making SIX beautiful coordinating cards, using new products from our Spring Catalog. 

This class will also include a PDF for each project to take home with you so you can re-create it!

When: Saturday, April 11

Time: 9:30 - 12:30 p.m.

Where: Southbridge Savings Bank- STURBRIDGE, MA (not Southbridge)

Go around to the back of the bank and take the elevator to the top floor.

I provide hot water with coffee/tea/hot chocolate packets and some lite snackies.

(Sorry, no hot totties) Is that how you spell it? LOL

Bring your breakfast, I don't mind. There is also a few eating spots nearby (Wendys, Cracker Barrel, Dunkin Donuts, Subway)

Space is limited, so only class attendees please. 

******NEW******

The classroom remains open for all crafters after class until 9 p.m.  If you would like to stay after class to work on your own projects, we'd love to have you.  Either let me know with an email at angela@angelasinklink.com OR you can join our "Meetup" group and RSVP here.  There is NO CHARGE for staying to craft, but I do ask that you leave some change in our "Relay For Life" jar.  Ask me how you can get involved with joining Relay and raising money to fight cancer!  

SPACE IS LIMITED!!!!!! First come, first served.



When: Apr 11, 2015 9 AM to Apr 11, 2015 12 PMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost: Visit EventBrite.com for pricing. (Sat, 11 Apr 2015 09 )
Crafting For A Cure- March

Welcome to my March Class

A portion of the proceeds go to the Southbridge Relay for Life!

What you will get is a 3 HOUR guided instruction class with me.  We will be making SIX beautiful coordinating cards, using new products from our Spring Catalog. 

This class will also include a PDF for each project to take home with you so you can re-create it!

When: Saturday, March 21

Time: 9:30 - 12:30 p.m.

Where: Southbridge Savings Bank- STURBRIDGE, MA (not Southbridge)

Go around to the back of the bank and take the elevator to the top floor.

I provide hot water with coffee/tea/hot chocolate packets and some lite snackies.

(Sorry, no hot totties) Is that how you spell it? LOL

Bring your breakfast, I don't mind. There is also a few eating spots nearby (Wendys, Cracker Barrel, Dunkin Donuts, Subway)

Space is limited, so only class attendees please. 

******NEW******

The classroom remains open for all crafters after class until 9 p.m.  If you would like to stay after class to work on your own projects, we'd love to have you.  Either let me know with an email at angela@angelasinklink.com OR you can join our "Meetup" group and RSVP here.  There is NO CHARGE for staying to craft, but I do ask that you leave some change in our "Relay For Life" jar.  Ask me how you can get involved with joining Relay and raising money to fight cancer!  

SPACE IS LIMITED!!!!!! First come, first served.



When: Mar 21, 2015 9 AM to Mar 21, 2015 12 PMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost: Visit EventBrite.com for pricing. (Sat, 21 Mar 2015 09 )
Crafting For A Cure- June

Welcome to my June Class

A portion of the proceeds go to the Southbridge Relay for Life!

What you will get is a 3 HOUR guided instruction class with me.  We will be making SIX beautiful coordinating cards, using new products from our Spring Catalog. 

This class will also include a PDF for each project to take home with you so you can re-create it!

When: Saturday, June 27

Time: 9:30 - 12:30 p.m.

Where: Southbridge Savings Bank- STURBRIDGE, MA (not Southbridge)

Go around to the back of the bank and take the elevator to the top floor.

I provide hot water with coffee/tea/hot chocolate packets and some lite snackies.

(Sorry, no hot totties) Is that how you spell it? LOL

Bring your breakfast, I don't mind. There is also a few eating spots nearby (Wendys, Cracker Barrel, Dunkin Donuts, Subway)

Space is limited, so only class attendees please. 

******NEW******

The classroom remains open for all crafters after class until 9 p.m.  If you would like to stay after class to work on your own projects, we'd love to have you.  Either let me know with an email at angela@angelasinklink.com OR you can join our "Meetup" group and RSVP here.  There is NO CHARGE for staying to craft, but I do ask that you leave some change in our "Relay For Life" jar.  Ask me how you can get involved with joining Relay and raising money to fight cancer!  

SPACE IS LIMITED!!!!!! First come, first served.



When: Jun 27, 2015 9 AM to Jun 27, 2015 12 PMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost: Visit EventBrite.com for pricing. (Sat, 27 Jun 2015 09 )
Antique Car Rally

More than 50 pre-1946 automobiles will be showcased on the Common throughout the day and a grand procession of the autos will take place at 3:30 p.m.

Come back the next day for the Antique Carriage Rally.

If you are interested in participating with your antique automobile, please contact Jim O'Brien.

See a slide show.

Congratulations to Paul Hagberg and his 1931 Packard 840 Phantom, winners of the 2014 Antique Car Rally's People's Choice Award! Planning Ahead

Purchase your tickets online in advance to expedite your entrance into the Village.

Add an overnight stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges.

Find more useful information for planning your visit.  
Participating Vehicles Include

1910 Stanley Model 70 (Steam)
1912 Buick  “28” Roadster
1913 Ford Model T
1914 Reo  R 5Touring
1915 Ford  Touring
1919 Cadillac 4 Door Sedan
1919 Cadillac Type 57
1923 Ford Model T
1925 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost Oxford Tourer
1926 Ford Speedster
1927 Chrysler Finer 70
1927 Ford Model T
1928 Model A Ford Roadster
1929 Ford Blind Quarter Sedan
1928 Ford Model A Huckster
1929 Ford Special Coupe
1929 Ford Model A Business Coupe
1929 Ford Model A Tudor Sedan
1930 Ford Town Sedan
1930 Ford Model A Tudor
1930 Ford Model A Pickup
1930 Model A Convertible
1931 Ford Model A Deluxe Coupe
1931 Ford  Wide Bed Pick Up
1931 Chrysler CM
1931 Ford Town Car
1931 Packard 840 Phantom
1932  Buick 57 Special
1938 Dodge Brothers 4 Door Touring Sedan
1938 Buick Special 46C
1939 Oldsmobile Model 60
1939 Ford Fordor
1939 Ford Deluxe Station Wagon ( Woodie)
1940 Chevrolet Special Deluxe
1941 Buick Special
1941 Cadillac Sedan

Generously sponsored by



When: Jun 6, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 06 Jun 2015 09 )
Vintage Fashion And Textile Show
Vintage Fashion And Textile Show is happening on 11 May 2015 at Sturbridge Host Hotel Sturbridge, United States Of America. Its a premier event in Textile, Fabrics & Yarns industry.

Book a stall at 10times.com!

When: May 11, 2015 12 AM to May 11, 2015 12 AMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Mon, 11 May 2015 00 )
Shawn Taylor
Solo acoustic at the Duck Lounge. 7-10.

When: Mar 7, 2015 7 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 07 Mar 2015 19 )
Maple Days

For many at Old Sturbridge Village, the first whiff of spring isn't the aroma of spring flowers - it's the smell of wood smoke and maple syrup, a sure sign that the sap is rising and spring is on the way.  Join us for four weekends of our Maple Days event throughout March, where you can see maple sugaring as it was done in early 19th-century rural New England in OSV's working sugar camp.

See the entire sugar-making process, from tapping the trees to "sugaring off," and learn why maple sugar was more commonly used than maple syrup in early New England.

Learn about how maple sugaring has changed over the years through our Maple Sugaring Timeline, an examination of different tapping techniques. See demonstrations of the traditional Native American methods, early 19th-century New England, 20th century metal buckets, and contemporary tubing.

Costumed historians will also cook period foods made with maple products by the hearth at the Village’s Freeman Farm.

See a slide show.

  Planning Ahead

Purchase your tickets online in advance to expedite your entrance into the Village.

Add an overnight stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges, or book one of our special Maple Days Packages.

Find more useful information for planning your visit.

  Did you know?

  • Production of maple syrup is one of only a few agricultural processes in North America that is not a European colonial import.
  • Maples are usually tapped beginning between 30 and 40 years of age. Maples can continue to be tapped for sap until they are over 100 years old.
  • Once temperatures stop fluctuating between below freezing at night and above freezing during the day, sap stops flowing.

 

 



When: Mar 7, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 07 Mar 2015 09 )
Luscious Lushes
Hop Head Fest - This is a Suzy solo gig out on the disc golf course!

When: Apr 18, 2015 9 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 18 Apr 2015 21 )
Sunday Heritage Farmers Market

Support local farmers and vendors during OSV's Heritage Farmers Markets.

Located outside the Visitor Center, the Farmers Market is open to musuem visitors and the general public beginning on Memorial Day weekend and running through Columbus Day Weekend. (Village admission not required.)

Participating vendors include:

Hillcrest Apiary is a vendor of local, pure, naturally-produced honey from Southbridge, MA.  Hillcrest also offers honey soap, honey dippers, and honey straws.

Inishowen Farms grows perennial plants in North Brookfield, MA - including blackberry and strawberry plants, herbs, roses, irises, and other ornamentals. They will also be selling fresh produce.

Rt 32 Bakery is a home-based bakery in Monson, MA. They will be selling quick breads, cookies, pie squares, BBQ rubs, and more.

King's Berry Farms is a vendor of fresh, seasonal produce including organic vegetables, berries, and mums.

Cooper's Hilltop Dairy Farm 

*Product availability may vary.

Local vendors interested in participating, click here for more information.



When: May 24, 2015 12 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sun, 24 May 2015 12 )
A Pound of Cure: Health Care in the 19th Century

Get a Pound of Cure at Old Sturbridge Village’s healthy living fair that bridges 19th-century medicine with present day health and wellness programs.  In the historic village, meet a 19th-century travelling dentist, learn about home remedies and medicinal plants, and see antique medical implements.  At our modern health fair, local health care partners will provide visitors with health screenings such as cholesterol and blood pressure testing , as well as information, demonstrations and tips on good nutrition, physical fitness and health living.

Throughout the day, visitors will meet costumed interpreters depicting medical experts of the period, including a travelling dentist and a phrenologist.

As home remedies were the most common cures, historical interpreters will also create poultices, teas, and other remedies from The Family Nurse, a 19th-century advice book written by Lydia Maria Child.

Costumed historians will also be offering tours of the Village gardens and the Woodland Walk to discuss medicinal plants.

Plus, visitors will have a chance to see antique medical implements from Old Sturbridge Village’s collection and learn how they were used.

On Sunday, the Village will host a re-created funeral, and visitors will have a chance to learn more about how families cared for the sick during their final illness in addition to 1830s funerary practices. Planning Ahead

Purchase your tickets online in advance to expedite your entrance into the Village.

Add an overnight stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges.

Find more useful information for planning your visit.



When: May 30, 2015 10 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 30 May 2015 10 )

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