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Old Sturbridge Village, Textile Weekend

August 21, 2021 - August 22, 2021

Old Sturbridge Village will celebrate its Annual Textile Weekend on August 21-22, 2021. Refashioned & Reused: Remaking Clothing in Rural New England will highlight the frugal and ingenious ways New England women cared for and updated the family’s clothing. Visitors can explore demonstrations of mending, remaking, and refurbishing clothing and accessories throughout the Village as well as displays of mended and remade clothing from the OSV collection and a look at OSV costuming through the years.

Highlights include:

  • Learn about and see demonstrations of re-dyeing clothing, re-footing stockings, and mending clothing
  • See how the skill of sewing could also be used in bookbinding at the Printing Office
  • Watch tinners create knitting needle cases
  • See how early 19th-century New England woman would refurbish their bonnets to fit the season and latest fashion
  • Learn about the putting-out system and how many rural New England women made a little extra money by sewing shoe uppers and braiding straw at home
  • See a display of Old Sturbridge Village costuming through the years
  • View pieces from the OSV Museum Collection
    • Strawbraiding: A Glimpse into the Collection (Saturday only)
    • Children’s clothing from the Collection (Saturday only)
    • Mended and Remade Clothing from the Collection (Sunday only)
  • And more!

A costumed historian sewing in the small house

Every day at Old Sturbridge Village, our skilled costumed historians demonstrate crafts and trades that were vital to early 19th-century life in New England. Below are just a few highlights to inspire your next trip to the Village!

Sewing for the Family & the Community
Sewing was a large part of any housewife’s daily work. On your next visit, stop outside the Richardson House to find out about the work the Minister’s wife did to clothe her family, make household furnishings, and sew items for charitable purposes.

The Cabinetmaking Shop is still a work-in-progress, but our cabinetmaker is at work! Lately, he has been creating farm tools, kitchen utensils, basket handles, and other small but needed woodworking projects. These woodcraft demonstrations typically take place on Fridays and Sundays.

The Blacksmith Shop is open every day and is always a popular spot for visitors!

The bulk of an early 19th-century New England blacksmith’s work was repairing farm and cooking tools, shoeing horses and oxen, and some custom work. Lately, our smiths have also been working on tools for the cabinetmaking shop!

Extend Your Stay!

The Reeder Family Lodges, owned by and located adjacent to Old Sturbridge Village, feature outdoor entrances – so your contact with other guests will be minimal! Every stay also supports the mission of Old Sturbridge Village.

Learn more and book your stay here.

In August, we’re also offering a members-only room rate special! Members can book a room for just $39 Sunday-Thursday or $49 Friday-Saturday! This offer is valid in August 2020 only. Call 508-347-5056 with your member ID number at the ready to take advantage of this deal!

Webinar: 75 Years of Collecting, August 26th

MEMBERS ONLY – Join several of our Collections and Research staff as they discuss the past, present and future of the Old Sturbridge Village collection. Not a member? Join today!

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August 21, 2021
August 22, 2021


Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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