Use color legend below to select and deselect a calendar category
Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

New England Thanksgiving

November 16 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until November 24, 2019

One event on November 28, 2019 at 9:30 am

$14 – $28

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

Cost: Included with standard daytime admission, a season pass, or Village membership. SAVE $2.50 per Adult, Senior, or Youth standard daytime admission ticket by purchasing your tickets online instead of at the door! Cannot be combined with other discounts.

Experience the traditions of preparing for an early 19th-century New England Thanksgiving. Learn about 1830s dining etiquette and watch the men of the Village compete in a post-dinner target shoot (weekends). Smell the scents of roasted turkey and pies warming by the fire. Hear the minister talk about the true meaning of Thanksgiving in the Village’s historic Center Meetinghouse.

Did you know?

  • In early New England, Thanksgiving was the biggest holiday of the year, far surpassing Christmas, which wasn’t celebrated in the tradition of the Puritans who settled the region.
  • Turkeys in the early 19th century were much smaller than today’s “butterballs,” and turkey wasn’t always on the Thanksgiving menu, because they were a lot of work to prepare for not much meat.
  • In the early 1800s, turkey “drovers” herded and marched turkeys on foot from central and western Massachusetts to the huge Brighton market just outside of Boston, Mass. to sell the birds to wealthy city dwellers.
  • Many vegetables weren’t peeled for everyday cooking, but they were for holidays like Thanksgiving to show the elevated status of the day.
  • Pies were baked weeks ahead of time and stored in unheated attics and bedrooms where they would freeze and keep for months. Pies not consumed at Thanksgiving would sometimes last until April.
  • The cranberry is one of three fruits native to North America, and was used by Native Americans to make pemmican – a survival food made of mashed cranberries mixed with deer meat. They also used cranberries in poultices to draw poison from wounds.

Purchase tickets at: https://www.osv.org/visit/purchase-one-day-tickets-online/

Details

Date:
November 16
Time:
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Cost:
$14 – $28
Event Category:

Organizer

Old Sturbridge Village
Phone:
8007331830
Email:
MArnum@osv.org
Website:
www.osv.org

Venue

Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566 United States
+ Google Map
Phone:
8007331830
Website:
www.osv.org