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Old Sturbridge Village, Craft Weekend

May 30, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm EDT

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An event every day that begins at 9:30 am, repeating until May 31, 2021

At this celebration of artisans, the Village will showcase a variety of New England crafts and trades from the early 19th century. The Village’s craftspeople will showcase their skills by crafting more complicated or unique items that are not usually displayed at the Village. The sheep will also be getting their annual “haircut.” Throughout the weekend, our farmers will perform sheep-shearing while other costumed historians will demonstrate the entire wool textile process, from scouring and carding the wool to dyeing, spinning, and knitting.

Demonstrations include (and more will be added):
  • Sorting, Picking, and Scouring Wool by the Fenno House
  • Spinning in the Fenno House
  • Sewing for the Family in the Parsonage
  • Knitting for the Family in the Small House
  • Dyeing Wool & Braiding Straw at the Bixby House
  • Making a Pair of Worked Mittens in the Fitch House

All visitors and members will be required to purchase and/or reserve their tickets online to manage capacity in accordance with current Massachusetts guidelines. Available tickets will be released weekly on each Wednesday prior and arrival time blocks must be chosen. Purchase or reserve your tickets and see our current policies here.

A costumed historian sewing in the small house

Did you know? In 1837, as many as 15,000 women and girls were involved in sewing shoe uppers in the state of Massachusetts!

More Tastes of the Village

Our costumed historians cook using receipts from a variety of period sources, including “The American Frugal Housewife” by Lydia Maria Child, “American Cookery” by Amelia Simmons, “The Good Housekeeper” by Sarah Josepha Hale, and more. In addition, you can find original period receipts with modern adaptations/translations for a variety of dishes, including gourd soup, Marlborough pudding, dressed macaroni, carrot pie, parmesan ice cream, and bird’s nest pudding, on our website.

View Collection of Historical Receipts (Recipes)

View Lesson Plans and Hands-On Activity Instructions


May 30, 2021
9:30 am - 5:00 pm


Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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(800) 733-1830
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