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Old Sturbridge Village, Family Farm Fest

April 21, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm EDT

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An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until April 21, 2019

LAST WEEKEND – ends Sunday. Greet the Village’s new spring lambs, meet Laura Ingalls Wilder, play farm games, visit our two new pigs, and learn about life on an early 19th-century farm!

Old Sturbridge Village invites young and old to celebrate spring with the arrival of baby animals and the preparation of our planting fields. Meet the Village’s cuddly, heritage breed newborns up-close and experience first-hand the responsibilities of raising animals on a farm in 1830. At the Freeman Farm, families will learn about 19th-century agriculture practices and tools, as well as learn how they are applicable to today’s farmers and even backyard gardeners. Kids will even have a chance to try their hand at seasonal chores!

Visit with a variety of animals including cattle, lambs, and chicks. Enjoy a wagon ride around the countryside, and learn more about farming and gardening. Meet guest ox teamsters from around New England.

There are reasons to visit the Village in every season – and early spring is no exception! Below are just a few of the first signs of spring at the Village popping up now that April is here – there is something for everyone to enjoy!

We now have almost a dozen in the Fenno flock! Sheep like these, with fine wool, were very important to the growing textile industry in early 19th-century New England.

Early Spring Harvest
Early 19th-century New Englanders left certain root vegetables, like Jerusalem artichokes and salsify, in the ground all winter and harvested them in the spring when the ground thawed.

First Flowers
The snowdrops and crocuses have bloomed! Did you know that there are approximately 70 species of crocuses in the world?

Ice has melted on the Quinebaug
Waterpowered mills, like the Grist Mill, Saw Mill, and Carding Mill at the Village, powered by the Quinebaug, made many tasks more time efficient. A man with a sawmill could cut as much lumber in one day as two men working by hand could do in a week!

A New Calf on the Farm
The first calf of the season has arrived! Silas (named after Silas Freeman, eldest son of Pliny and Delia Freeman) was born on March 21. Thus begins another dairying season on the farm!

During Family Farm Fest, guests will thrill at “meeting” Laura Ingalls Wilder, of the “Little House” series, as portrayed by historian Melanie Stringer. Stringer provides research-based, factual information about Wilder, her husband Almanzo, daughter Rose, and their family and friends. Her in-character answers to questions from the audience will reflect Ms. Wilder’s known activities, tastes, opinions, experiences, beliefs, and manners.

Two girls pet a baby lamb

Stay a little longer with an overnight package at the Old Sturbridge Inn & Reeder Family Lodges!

Summer Discovery Adventures

For children ages 6-17
Crafts, Cooking, Nature, Animals, Dirty Jobs, oh my! Children ages 6-17 can join us for immersive, costumed Discovery Adventures this summer in a variety of themes and special interests.

Register before April 30 and SAVE $25!

Learn More

Coming from a distance? Discovery Adventures participants and their family get a discounted room rate at the Reeder Family Lodges! Call 508-347-3362 for more information.


April 21, 2019
9:30 am - 4:00 pm


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