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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.
The coming of fall meant the approach of the harvest for 19th century New Englanders. It’s in the spirit of that season that Old Sturbridge Village presents the Agricultural Exhibition, which will take place September 13-14. Costumed historians will demonstrate 1830s farming techniques, and visitors are welcome to try plowing behind the Village’s team of oxen. OSV will also be showcasing heritage breed farm animals and heirloom vegetables.
When: Sep 13, 2014 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 13 Sep 2014 09 )
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
Free admission and a special gift for moms (while supplies last) on Mother's Day at Old Sturbridge Village, with family events planned throughout the day, including a "Moms vs. Kids" tug-o-war.
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 a chamber pot for potty training. Learn about cooking for children and hear performances of "Songs for Mothers and Children."
In addition, there will be advice from Lydia Maria Child, author of the 19th-century best seller "The Mother's Book."
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
Old Sturbridge Village is home to the largest military re-enactment in New England with more than 1,000 actors portraying British, Hessian, French, Irish, Scottish, French, and American Colonial troops.
From August 2-3 the air around OSV will be filled with musket and cannon smoke, and the sounds of mock battles taking place.
On Saturday, the museum will remain open until 8:00 p.m. We hope you'll take the opportunity of this "Twilight Encampment" to mingle with the troops around their campfires.
For more details, you can visit www.osv.org.
When: Aug 2, 2014 12 AM to Aug 3, 2014 12 AMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 02 Aug 2014 00 )
Costumed interpreters at Old Sturbridge Village will show how early New Englanders brought in the harvest and celebrated the bounty with the beautiful colors of fall serving as the backdrop to this unique and industrious time of year.
OSV invites visitors to learn firsthand about all the hard work that went into an 1830s fall harvest: try digging at potatoes, threshing grain, husking corn, and pressing apple cider.
When: Oct 18, 2014 12 AM to Oct 19, 2014 12 AMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 18 Oct 2014 00 )
Linda Lefko will present "Painted Walls of New England" an in-depth look at the work of acclaimed itinerant painter Rufus Porter (1792-1884) and other New England wall mural artists, as well as a demonstration of wall mural art.
Recently, Lefko helped restore the Rufus Porter murals in Old Sturbridge Village's Oliver Wight House, now the Old Sturbridge Inn, which dates to 1789 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
A tour of the Oliver Wight House and a visit to the Sturbridge Common to view another Porter mural will be offered after the program.
The price to attend the program is $45 per person ($40 for OSV Members).
It begins with lunch at 12:00 p.m., with doors opening at 11:30 a.m.
When: Apr 26, 2014 12 AM to Apr 26, 2014 12 AMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 26 Apr 2014 00 )
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 carding the wool.
See sheep herding demonstrations. David Kennard of Wellscroft Farm in New Hampshire will be demonstrating how his border collies can herd, sheep, ducks, and goats. Demonstrations will be scheduled throughout the day on Saturday.
Join us in knitting (or crocheting) scarves for deployed soldiers. We will provide the yarn, pattern, knitting needles and crochet hooks.
Learn about the natural dyes used to produce brilliant colors in the 19th century. Use modern dyeing techniques to dye your own skein of OSV yarn or make a drop spindle at the Craft Center (fee applies).
Different Wools - Meet an Angora rabbit and 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, loom, both on Saturday, Sunday and Monday) and an antique sock knitting machine (Saturday and Monday).
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
The Village's largest fund-raising event of the year, the Gala dinner includes a silent and live auction in addition to new surprises each year. Extend the special evening with a stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges.
Pictured here are the 2014 Gala Chairs - Ron and Kathy Vairo. Old Sturbridge Village's Oliver Wight Tavern
5:30 PM - Cocktail Hour and Reception • Silent Auction Viewing 7:30 PM - Dinner • Live Auction
1946 Circle Honorees
Annual Gala attendees have the opportunity to show their support for the Village by making a gift in recognition of the year's 1946 Circle honorees, a donor or couple who have played a significant role in the success of Old Sturbridge Village. All contributions made in their honor entitle the donor to membership in the 1946 Circle. This year's 1946 Circle Honorees are Michael and Mary Ann Brockelman.
Fourth Edition - Vaillancourt Folk Art Santas
At this year’s Gala we will be unveiling the fourth in our series of unique chalkware Vaillancourt Santas. Created exclusively for the Village from vintage European chocolate moulds by Vaillancourt Folk Art , these heirloom pieces honor the Gala tradition and are available for a limited time only. Each piece will be signed and numbered by the artist, Judi Vaillancourt. Santas can be ordered during the Gala or online.
When: Sep 13, 2014 5 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts Cost:
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings, 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Escape the frenzy of a modern Christmas with an enchanted evening of gingerbread, roasted chestnuts, music, dance, and a sleigh ride (weather permitting). Meet Father Christmas and chat with Santa Claus (bring your camera!).
In order to focus on the evening holiday events, Old Sturbridge Village will be closed during the day from December 2-25. The Village will return to a daytime schedule for its popular school vacation week activities Dec. 26, 2013 – Jan. 4, 2014.
Christmas by Candlelight highlights include:
Re-creation of Mrs. Cratchit's Christmas Dinner
Sleigh rides (weather permitting)
Gingerbread House Contest - winners determined by your votes
Holiday traditions explained and recreated- roasting chestnuts, yule logs, mistletoe, and more
Demonstrations of period gingerbread baking and cider mulling
Christmas keepsake to make and take home
Display of model railroads and trains
Display of a miniature New England Village
Display of the Little Town of Bethlehem nativity
Visit Father Christmas and Santa Claus
Punch & Judy Puppet Show
Christmas carol sing-a-longs
Holiday magic shows
The dance from Dicken's A Christmas Carol
Readings of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and A Visit from Saint Nicholas
Readings of "The Nativity Gospel of Saint Luke" and "The Nativity Gospel of Saint Matthew"
Add an overnight stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges. Packages available for additional savings.
Find more useful information for planning your visit.
When: Dec 5, 2014 4 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Fri, 05 Dec 2014 16 )
Old Sturbridge Village is home to the largest military re-enactment in New England with more than 1,000 actors portraying British, Hessian, French, Irish, Scottish, French, and American Colonial troops. From August 2-3 the air around OSV will be filled with musket and cannon smoke, and the sounds of mock battles taking place. On Saturday, the museum will remain open until 8:00 p.m. We hope you’ll take the opportunity of this “Twilight Encampment” to mingle with the troops around their campfires. For more details, you can visit www.osv.org.
When: Aug 2, 2014 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 02 Aug 2014 09 )
How do you differentiate friend from foe in the garden? Discuss ways to attract beneficial insects into your garden and repel pests.
Garden Thyme programs are held on the third Saturday of each month and are FREE for members of Old Sturbridge Village. Led by Village horticultural and agricultural staff, these programs and workshops are held at various sites and deal with a variety of plant-related themes and topics. Participants gather at the Visitor Center and are led to the appropriate setting. Planning Ahead
The annual Evening of Illumination will take place at Old Sturbridge Village on November 8. Explore a time without electricity and street lights. Take in the captivating scenes of an early New England village lit only by candles, oil lamps, and fireplaces. Tours will be offered to select buildings around the Village, and the night will be capped off with refreshments in the Bullard Tavern, including mulled cider and a cash bar. 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.
When: Nov 8, 2014 6 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts Cost:
Old Sturbridge Village celebrates Veterans Day on Tuesday, November 11 by offering all veterans and active military personnel and their families (up to six people) free admission. Kids can use toy muskets to drill with the militia. Costumed historians will be wearing uniforms detailing 300 years of military history. Get your own musket ball with your initials on it at the blacksmith’s shop, and enjoy the Village’s other regularly scheduled activities.
When: Nov 11, 2014 9 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.)
Join us every weekend in November to experience the traditions of an early 19th-century New England Thanksgiving. In the early 19th-century, Thanksgiving Day had not yet been set officially as the fourth Thursday of November and the date changed from year to year and even from state to state. In that spirit and to help get everyone in the mood for the ultimate New England holiday, we are offering Thanksgiving programming on every weekend in November. Every Weekend: See how Thanksgiving food was prepared. Hear Thanksgiving proclamations (Saturdays) and sermons (Sundays) at the Center Meetinghouse. See Target Shooting Matches, a favorite after-dinner passtime of the era.
When: Nov 27, 2014 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts Cost: Included in admission (Thu, 27 Nov 2014 09 )
Award-winning historical non-fiction writer, Nathaniel Philbrick will make a special appearance at Old Sturbridge Village as part of the Overseers' Distinguished Speaker Series to discuss his latest book, "Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution."
When: May 5, 2014 12 AM to May 5, 2014 12 AMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts Cost: $15 per person ($13 for OSV Members) (Mon, 05 May 2014 00 )
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 (see a video below)
Old Sturbridge Village Singers
Learn a dance with the Old Sturbridge Village Dancers
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Award-winning historical non-fiction writer, Nathaniel Philbrick will make a special appearance at Old Sturbridge Village as part of the Overseers’ Distinguished Speaker Series to discuss his latest book, “Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution.” The book tells the story of the Battle of Bunker Hill - the bloodiest battle of the Revolution to come, and the point of no return for the rebellious colonists. The book was named the winner of the 2013 New England Book Award for Non-Fiction. Philbrick, a “New York Times” bestselling author, also wrote “In the Heart of the Sea,” “Sea of Glory,” “Mayflower,” “The Last Stand,” and “Why Read Moby-Dick?” The cost to attend the program is $15 per person ($13 for OSV Members). Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the speaker will begin at 7:00 p.m. A cash bar will be available. Signed copies of “Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution” are available by pre-order when you purchase tickets online.
When: May 5, 2014 7 PM to May 5, 2014 9 PMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts Cost: $15 per person ($13 for OSV Members) (Mon, 05 May 2014 19 )
Country Folk Art Show Sturbridge will be organized at hotel and conference center Sturbridge in Sturbridge America. Approximately more than 50 exhibitors will be showing all the latest and different variety of the crafts like stained glass, wearable art, handcrafted furniture, pottery, handmade gold & sliver jewelry, and folk art. Country Folk Art Show Sturbridge is not only for the professional but also for those who are the lovers of crafts and handmade products. The participants will get latest information about the goods and people will be able to buy different type latest design of craft available in the international market from most popular artists and craftsman.
When: Jul 18, 2014 12 AM to Jul 20, 2014 12 AMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00 )
Old Sturbridge Village will celebrate the birth of our nation on July 4 with a full day of festivities including a patriotic citizen's procession, a reading of the Declaration of Independence (you can even sign a giant reproduction of the document), 1830s-style "base-ball," as well as OSV's other regular activities.
Finally, the day will conclude with one of the area's largest displays of fireworks.
Food and beverage, including beer and wine, are available for purchase so that you can enjoy a picnic on the Village Common.
When: Jul 4, 2014 12 AM to Jul 4, 2014 12 AMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Fri, 04 Jul 2014 00 )
Firefighters get half-price admission on July 19 for the throwback fireman's muster.
See demonstrations of antique hand-pump fire trucks, and watch the fire truck parade around the Common.
And to cool off, costumed historians will be making ice cream the old-fashioned way, including vintage flavors such as gooseberry, parmesan, and asparagus (yes, asparagus!).
The fifth annual chili contest will give visitors a chance to sample the fare from local restaurants including The Publick House, Sturbridge Host Hotel and Conference Center, Zorba's Pizzeria and Tavern, Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center, and OSV's own Oliver Wight Tavern and Bullard Tavern.
When: Jul 19, 2014 12 AM to Jul 19, 2014 12 AMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00 )
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