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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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Celtic Celebration

St. Patrick’s Day events will be in full swing at Old Sturbridge Village March 14-15. The daytime “Celtic Celebration” will feature Irish music, food, step dancing, and stories. Irish musicians will explain the difference between jigs and reels and tell of the Irish experience through song. Museum exhibits and historians will explain what caused the wave of Irish immigration in the 19th century and talk about what life was like for Irish families after they arrived in America.  

Make this weekend a getaway with our Celtic Celebration Package at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges Planning Ahead

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When: Mar 14, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 14 Mar 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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Add an overnight stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges.

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When: Apr 20, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Mon, 20 Apr 2015 09 )
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

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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 )
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. Planning Ahead

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When: Jun 6, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 06 Jun 2015 09 )
February School Vacation Week

February School Vacation Week is filled with fun and engaging activities for kids - and their parents!

Be sure to read more about the special events planned for Washington's Birthday weekend celebration.

Visitors can enjoy candle-making demonstrations, sleigh rides, and sledding on 1830s-style reproduction sleds (all snow-related activities are weather permitting). 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: Feb 14, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 14 Feb 2015 09 )
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Learn more about New England's civil rights legacy as our costumed historians portray important 19th-century abolitionist leaders. Tammy Denease Richardson will portray Elizabeth “Mum Bett” Freeman and share the story of how this one-time slave won her freedom in court in 1781. Costumed interpreters will also portray Abby Kelley, a 19th-century abolitionist and women’s rights activist, and William Lloyd Garrison, one of the founders of the American Anti-Slavery Society.

  Planning Ahead

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When: Jan 19, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Mon, 19 Jan 2015 09 )
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

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

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

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When: May 10, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sun, 10 May 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 )
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 )
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.

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When: Sep 12, 2015 10 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 12 Sep 2015 10 )
Home School Day
Education in the 19th Century

 

Education in the 19th Century took many forms.  The basics of reading writing and arithmetic were taught in neighborhood district schools during winter and summer terms.  But a great deal more learning went on at home.  When a boy or girl was “Following-On”, they learned from their parents and other family members the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed as adults.  Since most people lived on farms, boys learned from their fathers about caring for livestock, raising, harvesting and storing crops as well as making and repairing many of the tools used in the home and fields.  From their mothers, girls learned to cook, make butter and cheese, sew and repair clothing.  They also learned to tend the kitchen garden and milk the cows.  This learning process lasted from infancy through adolescence and beyond.

Apprenticeships were another very important part of the educational process.  They were a way for boys and sometimes girls to learn a trade that their parents did not know.  In the tradition of following on, apprentices lived and worked with the master craftsman from sometime in his teens until the boy became an adult at 21.   At that time he became a journeyman tradesman and could go off in search of work for wages.  Although most trades were not considered suitable for young girls, some did apprentice to such “needle trades” as book binding, bonnet-making, and millenary work. Hands-on Studios

Join us on September 10th and learn more about how children learned in early New England. 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 see below for specific studio offerings. Studio Offerings
 
Archaeology

Dig into history:  Learn how broken pieces of pottery and other items found in a farm family’s discarded trash can help us understand how the people lived in the past. Sew a journal and record the information you learn about these “artifacts”. Farm

Beginning the Harvest:  As Summer comes to an end it is time to start harvesting crops and storing them away to feed the family and livestock through the winter.  Save some corn for future planting and grind some into meal for food. Games

Early recreational activities:  Farm life in the 1800s was serious business but that does not mean that children did not have fun!  Many of the games people played grew out of everyday work.  Learn about some of the games children played and play some yourself. Home

Learn about 19th Century Cooking and household tools.  Cooking with tools made by at home or by Village craftsmen such as the Blacksmith, Potters and Tinners.  Consult early cook books  such as The American Frugal Housewife and prepare food using 19th century “receipts.” Plain and Fancy

How did people learn some of the decorative arts?  Try your hand at some reverse glass painting, a popular technique of the 1830s.. Print

Do some printing and learn about the printer’s trade.  Printing was a growing trade in the 1800s, but required several years as an apprentice to learn all its “arts and mysteries.” Remedies

How did people treat common illnesses?  Home remedies were often widely used and were handed down from one generation to the next. Some had been learned from the Native Americans.  Learn about some cures and consult 19th century medical advice books. Textiles

How was cloth made?  How did girls learn to sew and clothe their families?  Mothers taught their daughters (and son!) to knit and sew for the family, and older girls learned how to make clothing.  By the 1830’s most families bought fabric in a wide range of colors and patterns made by the hundreds of textile mills in New England.  Many raised sheep and spun the wool at home into yarn for knitting or weaving, skills learned at home by practicing with mothers and older sisters.  Learn how to perform some of these tasks yourself;  card some wool for spinning and weave cloth on a variety of looms. Wood

Many common household tools were made of wood.  How did one learn the skills to make them?   Join with others in the Wood Studio to make a useful cooking device using 19th century hand tools. Planning Ahead

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

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When: Sep 10, 2014 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost:

Registration for the September 10 Home School studios will open 30 days prior to the event.

(Wed, 10 Sep 2014 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 )
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: Nov 1, 2014 1 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 01 Nov 2014 13 )
7th Annual Gala: Building Our Future

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. Learn more about the fourth in our series of unique chalkware Vaillancourt Santas. 

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When: Sep 13, 2014 5 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost:

$150 per person, $1200 per table of 8
Purchase tickets securely online

(Sat, 13 Sep 2014 17 )
New England Made Giftware & Specialty Food Show
"New England Made Giftware and Specialty Food Show will take place in Portland, United States Of America for two consecutive days. This international trade show will draw the attention of the wholesalers, buyers and manufacturers of pottery, apparel, accessories, jewelry, baked goods and other specialty food items. Leading experts related to gifts and handicrafts industry will get a scope to gather useful and relevant information by attending this expo.
New England Made Giftware and Specialty Food Show is an event which aims to bring some developmental changes in the gifts and handicrafts industry. These changes are required for making this sector more advanced. Proper marketing and business strategies will also be highlighted in this event."

When: Sep 14, 2014 12 AM to Sep 15, 2014 12 AMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sun, 14 Sep 2014 00 )
An Evening of Illumination

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:

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

Registration will open in early Autumn. 

(Sat, 08 Nov 2014 18 )
Apple Days
Old Sturbridge Village presents a weekend full of apple-related activities including apple picking, orchard tours, and cider-making at the ox-powered cider mill.

You can try tasting heirloom apple varieties, pressing your own cider, and making apple-themed crafts.

Members are welcome to put their finest baking to the test in the apple pie contest.

When: Oct 4, 2014 12 AM to Oct 5, 2014 12 AMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 04 Oct 2014 00 )
Textile Weekend
This weekend offers a rare glimpse into the Village's textile collection.

Visitors can enjoy tours of the collection and take part in hands-on activities.

Previous textile events have focused on quilting, needlework, 19th-century fashion accessories, weaving and spinning.

For details: 800-733-1830; or you can visit www.osv.org

When: Aug 16, 2014 12 AM to Aug 17, 2014 12 AMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 16 Aug 2014 00 )
From Field to Table Weekend at OSV
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 )
Treats and Tricks
When: Oct 24, 2014 6 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18 )
Agricultural Exhibition at Old Sturbridge Village
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 12 AM to Sep 14, 2014 12 AMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 13 Sep 2014 00 )
Friends/Members Day at Old Sturbridge Village
September 27 is Friends' Day at Old Sturbridge Village.

Our appreciation for our members goes beyond a single day, but we'd like to set aside a day to recognize and thank our members for all the support they give OSV.

Members will enjoy special programs throughout the day, as well as receiving two admission passes to share with friends on future visits.

When: Sep 27, 2014 12 AM to Sep 27, 2014 12 AMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 27 Sep 2014 00 )
Friends' Day
When: Sep 27, 2014 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost: Adults $24.00 Seniors (65 and over) $22.00 Youths (3-17) $8.00 Children age 2 and under Admitted Free (Sat, 27 Sep 2014 09 )
Family Fun Days
Come celebrate Labor Day Weekend at Old Sturbridge Village on August 30-September 1.

Play games ranging from base-ball to French & English (tug-of-war).

Make a craft, meet oxen in training, or watch a toy fire-balloon flight.

Other shows include 19th century magic with Bob Olson, the Old Sturbridge Village Singers, and the Old Sturbridge Village Dancers.

When: Aug 30, 2014 12 AM to Sep 1, 2014 12 AMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 30 Aug 2014 00 )
Battleship Cove Guided Tour

Thursday, September 18th
11 AM

Battleship Cove 5 Water St, Fall River, MA 02721

Climb aboard for an epic adventure on the decks of the largest collection of historic naval ships in the world! school groups and families will begin their journey in 1941, when the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor thrust the United States into the Second World War. In our newest exhibit, The Pearl Harbor Experience, you’ll be immersed in the sights and sounds of that fateful day in history, “a date which will live in infamy.” Explore five National Historic Landmarks: the Battleship Massachusetts, Destroyer Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., Submarine Lionfish, and the only two motor torpedo boats on display in the world, PT 617 and 796. Along with the Hiddensee, our Russian-built missile corvette, you’ll travel through time as you move from ship to ship–all the way from WWII, through the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, to the Cold War, and beyond.

Field trip includes:

  • Access to all open ships and exhibits for the day
  • The Pearl Harbor Experience (subject to season/time of visit)
  • A 20-minute orientation film, which can be viewed on-site or mailed prior to your visit
  • Letters to Heroes (letter-writing to active duty service personnel)
  • Guided tour



When: Sep 18, 2014 10 AM to Sep 18, 2014 1 PMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10 )
Celtic Cats
August 9-10, 2014
Celtic Cats
Sturbridge, MA
Info:Francine Hicks, 207-353-2633
Hotel:Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center, 366 Main St., Sturbridge, MA; 508-347-7393



When: Aug 9, 2014 12 AM to Aug 10, 2014 12 AMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 09 Aug 2014 00 )
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 )
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 )
Winter Work & Play

It's a weekend to embrace the joys of an old-fashioned winter, complete with sledding on vintage 1830s sleds and horse-drawn sleigh rides. Ice Cutting on the Mill Pond

Join Old Sturbridge Village historians and ice expert Dennis Picard at the Village's Mill Pond to watch ice harvested the old-fashioned way (weather permitting).

OSV visitors can try their hands at cutting ice with vintage tools and learn the story of Boston's "ice king," Frederic Tudor, who pioneered the 19th-century ice industry and made a fortune. (Note: ice cutting demonstrations are dependent on weather and proper conditions).

Read more about Boston's Ice King and the early New England ice industry from an article in the Old Sturbridge Village Visitor Magazine from November 2012. 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: Jan 24, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 24 Jan 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.)

Find more useful information for planning your visit.



When: Oct 3, 2015 10:45:00 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 03 Oct 2015 10:45:00 )
Be Mine: Chocolate and Valentines

Chocolate and valentines are two hallmarks of Valentine's Day celebrations.  Learn more about both during this fun (and delicious) weekend. Chocolate Making

Learn about the history of chocolate - from bean to beverage.  OSV historians will demonstrate processing chocolate by hand using cacao beans in the original manner of ancient Mexico, where chocolate originates.  They will use a "metate" to grind freshly roasted chocolate "nibs" to make a hot, spiced chocolate drink.  Learn the secret behind the 1824 recipe for "chocolate cake."Historic Valentines

Children can make their own valentines and visitors of all ages can "meet" the local woman responsible for the popularity of sending valentines in the United States.  Portraits of her parents hang year-round in the Fitch House.

Worcester resident Esther Howland was the daughter of a stationery maker and received an English valentine from one of her father's associates in 1847.  Inspired to design her own, Esther originally hand-made valentines with friends in her family's home with paper lace and floral decorations imported from England.

The business flourished as the popularity of these ornate and sentimental cards grew. Eventually she sold the business to the Whitney Valentine Company.  Worcester was the center of the commercial valentine industry until World War II. 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: Feb 14, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 14 Feb 2015 09 )
Antique Sleigh Rally

Come and see more than 20 horse-drawn sleighs at Old Sturbridge Village’s Antique Sleigh Rally.

The sleigh rally competition will feature vintage sleighs pulled by a variety of horse breeds including Haflinger, Gypsy, Morgan, Arabian, Clydesdale, Percheron, and miniature horses. Participants will compete for prizes in a dozen different divisions including “Sleigh Dog” and “Currier & Ives.”

Plus, visitors can take a horse drawn sleigh ride around the common, go sledding, watch our craftsmen at work, see hearthside cooking, and visit dozens of historic buildings. Sleigh Facts

* Bob Sleighs have "Bobs," which are double runners that make them more maneuverable and easy to turn sharply.

* Sleigh bells were developed as a safety precaution. Because sleighs glide so silently over the snow, the jingling sounds prevented collisions, especially in the dark.

Admission to the rally is included as part of regular admission at no additional cost.

Other winter activities include sledding on 1830s-style sleds and horse-drawn sleigh rides around the Common.  Warm up by one of the many cozy fireplaces throughout the Village.

Read an article on the Sleigh Rally from OSV's Visitor Magazine. 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: Feb 21, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 21 Feb 2015 09 )
Yankee Winter Weekend Package

This package, back by popular demand, makes the perfect weekend get-away. Guests will be greeted with a welcome reception at the  Old Sturbridge? Inn and Reeder Family Lodges, located adjacent to the village, where they will enjoy two nights of lodging. Saturday and Sunday will find the visitor exploring our 19th-century Village. Saturday night, after the Village has closed, guests will return to the candle-lit Village to enjoy a hearth-cooked dinner for two at the Bullard Tavern and a 19th-century magic show by Richard Potter. On Sunday a large brunch will be provided at the Oliver Wight Tavern. Reserve now.



When: Feb 28, 2015 12 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost:

Pricing for this package starts at $375.

 

(Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12 )
Washington's Birthday Celebrations

The birthday of the young nation's first great hero inspired great celebration among early 19th-century Americans. They gathered to offer toasts to George Washington and other important figures of the day. And they held balls, complete with Washington Cake and dancing.

On Saturday, Old Sturbridge Village will celebrate the Washington's Birthday weekend  in the exact same spirit. Visitors can take part in traditional toasts to George Washington and other famous American patriots, and learn more about the country's first president during presentations of "I Cannot Tell a Lie: Celebrating the Life and Accomplishments of George Washington in Story and Song." 

You'll be having a ball, too -- literally. Skirts will swirl on as the Old Sturbridge Village dancers present a Washington Birthday Ball on Saturday. Beforehand, OSV historians will discuss etiquette for the ball in "Please Take Hands"; and 1830s ball accessories in "Frills and Furbelows." Visitors can learn various dances of the time, including contra dances and cotillions, which were forerunners of today’s line dancing and square dancing.

Other U.S. Presidents from our early history will also be on hand to join in the celebrations. President and Mrs. Grant will be present on Sunday and John Quincy Adams will join us on Monday. And if your name is George or Martha, you receive free admission to the Village during President's Day weekend! 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: Feb 15, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sun, 15 Feb 2015 09 )
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

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

Find more useful information for planning your visit.



When: Oct 17, 2015 10:45:00 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 17 Oct 2015 10:45:00 )
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.

Find more useful information for planning your visit.



When: Aug 15, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 15 Aug 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.

Find more useful information for planning your visit.

 



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

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

Find more useful information for planning your visit.



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

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 )
Lara Hope & The Ark- Tones
RETURN TO THE MILLTOWN HOT ROD N KUSTOM ROCK N ROLL WEEKENDER!! http://www.returntothemilltown.com/

When: Aug 2, 2014 12 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 02 Aug 2014 12 )
American Red Cross Blood Drive
When: Aug 18, 2014 1 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13 )
Redcoats and Rebels

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
Cost: Adults $24.00 Seniors (65 and over) $22.00 Youths (3-17) $8.00 Children age 2 and under Admitted Free (Sat, 02 Aug 2014 09 )
American Red Cross Blood Drive
When: Sep 27, 2014 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 27 Sep 2014 09 )
American Red Cross Blood Drive
When: Sep 22, 2014 1 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13 )
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.

Find more useful information for planning your visit.

 



When: May 23, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 23 May 2015 09 )
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 )
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 )
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.

Find more useful information for planning your visit.

 



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

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