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Old Sturbridge Village, Maple Days

March 31 @ 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 March 31, 2019

Mother Nature has allowed us to extend Maple Days through the final weekend of March! In other words, Maple Days continues this weekend, March 23 and 24, and an additional BONUS Weekend, March 30 and 31! Don’t miss your chance to visit the Village’s working sugaring camp and learn why early 19th-century rural New Englanders used maple sugar.

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 “Maple Days” in March, when the Village’s working sugar camp demonstrates maple sugaring as it was done in early 19th-century New England.

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.

Costumed historians will demonstrate maple sugaring as it was done in early 19th-century New England. You can learn more about the tools, the labor involved, and the ultimate goals of maple sugaring!

The Tools
While the modern process of collecting maple sap stirs images of metal spiles and buckets, early 19th-century New Englanders used several wooden tools!

The Labor
Producing maple sugar is a lot of work! Sap must be collected and boiled for a long time. It takes 35-40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup. That one gallon of syrup can make 6 to 8 pounds of sugar!

The Goal
Today, maple syrup is typically the goal! We love the golden liquid on pancakes and waffles. In early 19th-century New England, however, maple sugar was the ultimate goal! Even more than that, the goal was to make maple sugar that tasted more like regular sugar than maple sugar.

Find out why during Maple Days at Old Sturbridge Village.

A kid learns how maple sap is harvest

March 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, and 23-24

Times: The Village is open from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Cost: Included with daytime admission, a season pass, or Village membership

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 more than 100 years old.
  • Once temperatures stop fluctuating between below freezing at night and above freezing during the day, sap stops flowing.

College Internship Applications Due March 15!

Know any college students? Old Sturbridge Village is looking for summer interns in a variety of departments: historical interpretation, museum education, marketing, development, and more! All summer interns will receive a stipend and limited housing is available. Please share with the college students in your life. Learn More


March 31
9:30 am - 4:00 pm


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