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Old Sturbridge Village, Women’s History Weekend

June 11 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm EDT

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An event every day that begins at 9:30 am, repeating until June 12, 2022

Women's History Weekend at Old Sturbridge VillageHow did early 19th-century women see themselves? How did society view the woman’s sphere? How do we view their lives today? Join Old Sturbridge Village as we acknowledge and celebrate extraordinary and everyday women in the early 19th century. Stop outside the historic houses of OSV to learn about how women ran their households, managing the essential work of clothes construction, cooking, laundry, and more. Join interpreters in the gardens for talks on Indigenous plants, medicine, and discussions on the roles of women and children in gardening. Beyond the domestic sphere, we will explore issues surrounding gender, freedom, and rights occurring during the 1830s through readings of first-person accounts of the 19th century.

Highlights include:

  • Learn about the stories of famous Women’s Rights activists and Abolitionists like Catherine Beecher and Angeline Grimke
  • Visit the Bixby House to learn about how ladies in this family braided rye straw for hats and bonnets, stitched shoe uppers, and did dairying to supplement the family’s income.
  • See demonstrations of a wide variety of tasks including piecing a quilt, skilled sewing, bookbinding, dairying, hearth cooking, and more.
  • See a first-person portrayal of a maternal society tea and of a 19th-century midwife
  • Hear the stories of 19th-century women missionaries

A woman in 1830s dress works at the spinning wheel


Purchase tickets for Saturday, June 11, 2022

Purchase tickets for Sunday, June 12, 2022

Saturday, June 11; Sunday, June 12

Times: The Village is open 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

Cost: Included with standard daytime admission or Village membership. Standard daytime admission is $28 for adults, $26 for seniors (55+), $14 for youth (4-17), $14 for college students (with a valid college ID), and free for children 3 and under.



June 11
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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