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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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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 )
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 )
American Red Cross Blood Drive
When: Nov 18, 2014 1 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13 )
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, 2014 11 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost:

Seatings at 11:00, 1:45 (sold out) & 4:15 (sold out)

$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


(Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11 )
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 )
Country Folk Art Show Sturbridge
"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."

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When: Nov 28, 2014 12 AM to Nov 30, 2014 12 AMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00 )
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

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 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.

Find more useful information for planning your visit.



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 )
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 )
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

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 19, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Mon, 19 Jan 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. 2013-2014 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 18, 2015 5 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost:

$85 per person ($75 for OSV Members)Register securely online


(Wed, 18 Feb 2015 17 )
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.

Find more useful information for planning your visit.



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

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: 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 )
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

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 6, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 06 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.

Find more useful information for planning your visit.

 



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

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

Find more useful information for planning your visit.



When: May 10, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sun, 10 May 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 )
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 )
A Pound of Cure: Health Care in the 19th Century

This new event celebrates the medical practices of the early 19th century.

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 )
Thanksgiving Weekend
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 )
Christmas by Candlelight
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
  • Victorian carolers
  • 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"
Gingerbread House Contest

As a special thank you for participation in our Gingerbread House Contest, each house entered will receive two complimentary passes to Christmas by Candlelight upon delivery of your entry! 

Learn more and register for this fun contest by November 28th by downloading the Registration Form and mailing, or emailing, it to:

Jim O’Brien
Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566; or
jobrien@osv.org Christmas Dining Options

The Christmas by Candlelight Dinner will be available Friday and Saturday Evenings during the Christmas by Candlelight event. Reservations are required. 

Brunch with Santa will be available the Sunday’s of November 30th, December 7th, December 14th, and December 21st. Reservations are required. 
  Planning Ahead

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.

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When: Dec 5, 2014 4 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost:

Discounted tickets will be available online from October 28th through November 28th.

(Fri, 05 Dec 2014 16 )
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

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

Find more useful information for planning your visit.



When: Nov 1, 2014 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 01 Nov 2014 09 )
Curtis Brand
Going back the the Duck with some of them members of the On Call Band. Come and see who shows up.

When: Jan 31, 2015 7 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 31 Jan 2015 19 )
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 )
April 24-26, 2015NauticatsShowhall:Sturbridge Host Hotel and Conference Center 366 Main Street Sturbridge, MA  01566Info:Donna Madison, nauticat@maine.rr.comHotel:Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center, 366 Main St., Sturbridge, MA; 508-347-7393
April 24-26, 2015NauticatsShowhall: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 )
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, 2014 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


(Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11 )
Card Class to Support Relay for Life of Southbridge

Card Classes for a CURE!

Come sit.  Make beautiful, handmade cards for friends, family and loved ones and a portion of your class fee goes towards fighting Cancer!  

CUTE. CRAFTY. CLEVER.

In this series of classes, you will learn how to make 6 gorgeous cards to take home, including envelopes- as well as a surprise gift from me.  Have fun with friends or make new ones.  Use these to send out or give them as a gift to your favorite teacher, bus driver or even hair stylist!

No need for prior experience. These classes are designed for beginners and experienced crafters alike. 

  • Go home with 6 cards, including envelopes & a gift from me.
  • Take home step by step directions including color pictures so that you can re-create these at home.
  • All the while, you will be supporting a great cause- The Relay for Life of Greater Southbridge!

Every class is different.  Each month has a theme.  All classes are 9:30-12:30

THE DETAILS:

September is Bright Birthdays 9/27

October is Fall & Halloween 10/18 

November is Thanksgiving and Christmas 11/15

December is "Box It, Bag It, Tag it" (make your own gift boxes & bags) 12/6

CHOOSE YOUR CLASS ABOVE where it says "Please select a date to attend"

 

All classes are from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and take place at Southbridge Savings Bank on Route 20 in Sturbridge.  The address is 200 Charlton Rd, Sturbridge.  When you arrive, drive around back and you will see a sign.  Go in that door and take the elevator to the top floor.  



When: Dec 6, 2014 9 AM to Dec 6, 2014 12 PMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost: 30.00 true Early Bird Pricing- need to register 2 weeks prior. After that the price goes up for rush shipping of products. 30.00

35.00 true RSVP 35.00

(Sat, 06 Dec 2014 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.

Find more useful information for planning your visit.



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

Find more useful information for planning your visit.



When: Feb 14, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 14 Feb 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.

Find more useful information for planning your visit.



When: Dec 26, 2014 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost: Adults: $24.00, Seniors (55 and over): $22.00, Youths (3-17): $8.00, Children age 2 and under: free * contact the Venue listed below for ticketing information (Fri, 26 Dec 2014 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 )
11th Annual RRI Wine, Beer & Food Festival
Come sample falls best wines and beers while supporting a great cause.  Food tastings from local chefs and live entertainment. Play 'guess the grape' and 'beer pong'  to win a restaurant gift certificate. Take a chance in our raffle to win a giant tower of wine with over 40 bottles and we [...]

508-347-8181 x113

When: Sep 17, 2015 5 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost: $35.00 (Thu, 17 Sep 2015 17 )
Celtic Cats
August 8-9, 2015
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 8, 2015 12 AM to Aug 9, 2015 12 AMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 08 Aug 2015 00 )
Veteran’s Day
When: Nov 11, 2014 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Tue, 11 Nov 2014 09 )
Center of New England Home Show
"Center of New England Home Show will be held for a period of two days in Sturbridge, United States Of America. Relevant ways of renovating and decorating home will be highlighted in this event and will be given supreme importance. At the same this expo will also bring forward the significance of household consumables and appliances in the recent times. Developmental changes which are taking place in the household consumables industry will also be highlighted in this event.
Center of New England Home Show will bring together potential customers, industry leaders and attendees who want to give a proper look to their house. They will get a scope to get familiar with the latest renovation and decoration techniques by attending this expo."

Book a stall at 10times.com!

When: Jan 17, 2015 12 AM to Jan 18, 2015 12 AMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 17 Jan 2015 00 )
Summer Work & Play

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 fifth annual chili contest. Local restaurants including The Oxhead Tavern and The Publick House are putting their chili recipes to the test!

*Free admission for children 17 and under is limited to five children per one adult. 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 10 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 18 Jul 2015 10 )
Scout Day

Scout Day at Old Sturbridge Village is one of the Scout programs offered by OSV, providing 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.

These activities are designed to meet Scout electives and some badge requirements. Additional studios are also available for all Scouts and youths.



When: Nov 18, 2015 11:15:00 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost:

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

(Wed, 18 Nov 2015 11:15:00 )
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 )
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 )
18th Century Camp Craft

During this intensive weekend of workshops, participants will have the opportunity to work with a series of OSV staff to develop new items and skills that are essential for the 18th century living historian. These items and techniques are based on documentation from the period and will be made using only period methods.

Participants have the option of registering for a single day, or the full weekend and will have their choice of two unique workshops each day. Each workshop accommodates 8 participants. The options are as follows: Saturday

Option 1: (Materials fee: $20)Blacksmithing

  • Participants will forge a musket tool and a fire steel.
Tin
  • Participants will make a tin cup using hot-dipped tin plate and 18th century assembly techniques.

Option 2: (Materials fee: $10)Camp Cooking

Learn to cook in the field efficiently and authentically with nothing more than a tin kettle and hot coals. Participants will prepare a variety of period food items emphasizing the minimalist methods of an army on the move. Sunday

Option 1: (Materials fee: $25)Leatherworking

  • Participants will make a simple leather wallet for storing their fire kit, musket tools, etc.
Textiles
  • Participants will make a linen market wallet.

Option 2: (Materials fee: $30)Basketmaking

  • Learn to weave your own 18th century basket using simple tools. Beginners will learn about the different materials that were used in the process and will go home with a finished basket.
Make a Housewife
  • Construct a sewing kit based on period patterns and using period techniques.

 

All 18th Century Craft participants will meet at the Museum Education Building at 9:00AM and should expect the workshops to run until 4:00PM. Please bring a lunch with you. Also, dress in clothes that you don't mind getting dirty and wear closed-toed shoes.  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 7, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost: One Day
Members: $105, plus materials fee
Non-Members: $130, plus materials fee

Two-Day*
Members: $210, plus materials fee
Non-members: $260 (includes OSV membership**), plus materials fee

 


*Please note that to sign up for a two-day event you will need to register for both days separately.
**The two-day event includes an Individual Membership ($50 Value) to Old Sturbridge Village.  If you register for this event you will be contacted with more information regarding membership within 7 - 10 business days.


(Sat, 07 Feb 2015 09 )
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

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: 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.

Find more useful information for planning your visit.



When: Jun 20, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 20 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.

Find more useful information for planning your visit.



When: Aug 1, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 01 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.

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 )
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.

Find more useful information for planning your visit.



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.

Find more useful information for planning your visit.



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

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