Old Sturbridge history village unveils list of summer events

OLD STURBRIDGE, Vt. -- Old Sturbridge Village, the largest outdoor history museum in the Northeast, offers visitors a full lineup of summer events.

The village consists of 40 historical buildings, including many original 19th century structures that were brought to the museum site from towns throughout New England.

Restorations and authentic reconstructions represent homes, meetinghouses, a school, a country store, a bank, a sawmill, a gristmill and a pottery, to name a few.

Costumed staff carry out the daily activities of an early 19th century community as the museum seeks to re-create a New England village in the 1790s to 1840s era.

Among the highlights of this summer's programs are the following:

  • July kicks off with an Old Fashioned Kids Fair on July 1. Designed for youngsters ages 4 and up, the program offers activities such as a hoop-rolling contest and nine-pin bowling.
  • The village's Independence Day celebration features a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence, a parade and a fife-and-drum corps.
  • Horticulture takes the spotlight July 14, 21 and 28. Visitors can participate in a program called Village at Twilight, where the emphasis is on 19th century gardening. Horse-drawn carriage rides are offered in the evenings. These activities are also offered on Aug. 4, 11 and 18.
  • On July 22, visitors can take part in American Music & Merriment, a celebration of how early New Englanders made their own entertainment through music and dance. Instructions in a 19th century dance are given, and participants can hear the Village's antique pipe organ.
  • A Celebration of Craftsmanship is scheduled for Aug. 19, with demonstrations of the almost-forgotten skills of the early 19th century. Visitors can watch museum interpreters dye wool, forge iron and make shoes and baskets.
  • Admission tickets, which are valid for two consecutive days, cost $18 for adults; $17 for seniors over 65, and $9 for children ages 6 to 15. Youngsters under age 6 pay no entry fee.

    The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A tavern and cafeteria are located inside the village. General information is available at (800) SEE-1830.

    There are two lodging options nearby: Old Sturbridge Village Lodges and the Oliver Wight House. For details on lodging in the village or to find out about special packages, call (508) 347-3327.

    The room portions of packages are commissionable at 10%.

    Old Sturbridge Village also has a Web site, at www.osv.org.

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