Old Sturbridge Village, New England’s largest outdoor living history museum, hosts several events in the coming months that will entice anyone with a thirst for knowledge and fun to visit.
The Sturbridge, Mass. museum will be the site for the largest military re-enactment in New England on Saturday, Aug. 4 and Sunday, Aug. 5, as Redcoats and Rebels take visitors on a journey back to the Revolutionary War.
Nearly 1,000 soldiers portraying British, Irish, Spanish, Scottish, French and Colonial troops will take part in a representation of a military camp from the era of the War for Independence, as it was known in early New England. Guests at Old Sturbridge Village will be able to see what it was really like for the soldiers who fought to win America’s freedoms. Mock battles will be held, along with tours of the American and British camps, cannon demonstrations and musket drilling sessions for kids.
As part of the Redcoats and Rebels festivities, visitors can even take part in a game of era-authentic 18th-century baseball. Guests can also attend a Service for the Troops or learn genuine 18th-century dances. The Redcoats and Rebels event will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; tickets are included with a daytime admission pass to the Village.
There’s also still time for the whole family to catch "The Charlotte’s Web Experience" at Old Sturbridge Village through Aug. 26. This musical adaptation of E.B. White's classic book Charlotte’s Web is held outdoors adjacent to the Freeman Farm, a working farm that raises sheep, cattle, pigs and chickens, and where costumed historians and farmers depict the daily life of a typical New Englander in the 1830s.
During the run of the production, the museum will display historic documents and artifacts inspired by the classic children’s book. In conjunction with the play, Old Sturbridge Village will serve an array of food tied to the beloved novel, including fair-themed food such as cotton candy, funnel cakes, popcorn, and piglet-faced and spider web cupcakes inspired by the adventures of Fern and her pig Wilbur.
Special overnight accommodation packages are available at the award-winning Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges for guests who want to stay over before or after they catch the show.
The 50-minute play runs twice daily on Wednesday through Sunday until Aug. 26 at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tickets to the "The Charlotte’s Web Experience" are $12 for the 11 a.m. show and $14 for the 1:30 p.m. show; general admission passes to the Village are required to purchase show tickets. Performances of the musical will not take place Aug. 4-5 during the Redcoats and Rebels event.
The Fall Season
The fall season will start in a big way at Old Sturbridge Village with the Festival of New England Makers on Saturday, Sept. 15 and Sunday, Sept. 16. The spotlight will be on New England artisans, as trades from the 19th century will be showcased throughout the weekend. The museum’s blacksmith, potter, printer, tinner, cooper and more will display their skills by crafting more complex items not usually seen at the Village.
Guests will see some of the finest woodworking and spinning in the region. Old Sturbridge Village potters also will fire the 15,000 brick kiln outside the Pottery Shop. When the kiln is fully packed, it can hold 800 pieces stacked 10 feet high, an impressive display that visitors must check out.
Each year, more that a quarter million people visit Old Sturbridge Village to bask in the sights and sounds of 200 beautiful acres that evoke a rural New England town from the 1830s. The Village is located just off the Massachusetts Turnpike in Sturbridge, Mass. For information on any of the events, or to plan a trip to the museum, visit www.osv.org today.