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Make No Little Plans
"Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood... Make big plans; aim high in hope and work..."
-- Daniel Hudson Burnham, Chicago Architect on his advice to A. B. Wells on creating Old Sturbridge Village
Exploring the founding of Old Sturbridge Village began last year with the exhibit, Kindred Spirits. Continuing with that theme, the Village is proud to announce our new exhibit called Make No Little Plans. This exhibit celebrates the 70th anniversary of the opening of Old Sturbridge Village on June 8, 1946. The exhibit examines the roles played by key members of the Wells family and select associates. Principal characters include Albert B., J. Cheney, George B., and Ruth D. Wells, along with George Watson, the man behind moving the first buildings to the Village, and antiquarian Nina Fletcher Little, hired by Cheney Wells to coordinate decoration of the Towne house. Early curators Malcolm Watkins and Frank Spinney will also receive some mention. Reserving a broader retrospective of the museums history for its 75th anniversary in 2021, this exhibit will focus on the initial assembly of the Village and its first decade of operation.

When: Aug 24, 2016 9:30AM in Sturbridge, MA
Cost: $28 Adults, $26 Seniors (55+), $14 Youths (3-17), Children 2 & Under FREE, Woo card discounts available

REC Mobile Market: Elm Park Towers

One of dozens of Farmer's Markets hosted by the Regional Environmental Council, this market provides access to local, affordable, and healthy food. The Mobile Market makes 16 stops around Worcester Tuesday-Friday. Look for a stop near you! We accept Cash, Credit, Debit, EBT/SNAP, and WIC/Senior Coupons.

When: Aug 24, 2016 3:30PM in Sturbridge, MA
Cost: 50% off all SNAP purchases up to $40!

Free Fun Friday

Old Sturbridge Village and the Highland Street Foundation are pleased to announce Free Fun Friday on August 26, 2016, when visitors get into OSV for free! Watch hearth cooking demonstrations, experience early 19th-century farms, and be amazed by crafters in the Tin, Blacksmith, Cooper, Print, Shoe and Pottery Shops. Learn about our three water-powered mills, play games, and walk the woodland, river and pasture walks.

Due to the number of visitors expected, no large bags (including large backpacks) or coolers will be permitted in the historical Village. Please note that the main parking lot will likely be full by 11:30 am, visitors will be directed to satellite parking at that time.

The Tap Room will be closed on Free Fun Friday, however the Oliver Wight Tavern will offer a special buffet luncheon, and Bullard Cafeteria will be open along with an outdoor grill, so enjoy several dining options while you are visiting!

Check out a list of scheduled activities for the day here

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Add an overnight stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges.

Find more useful information for planning your visit.



When: Aug 26, 2016 12am in Sturbridge, MA

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PO Box 30
Hamilton Road

Sturbridge, MA 01566

508-320-1653
About Sturbridge, MA
The town of Sturbridge Massachusetts was founded in 1738 and is located in south central Massachusetts in Worcester County.

Sturbridge is well known for being the home of Old Sturbridge Village which was created to interpret the look of life in the early 1800s. Another charming part of town is the Town Common which is currently included in the National Historic District.

Homes as well as public buildings were built in the late 17th to early 18th century and have been outstandingly maintained to the point that they are very near to their original condition.