Kids 17 and under receive free admission to OSV this summer during July and August when accompanied by an adult paying full price admission.*
Half-price admission is offered for all firefighters on this day.
Old-fashioned fire fighting
See an exciting demonstration of historical 19th-century hand-pump fire trucks, and lend a hand by helping to pump the water. Enjoy a fire truck parade around the Common, including historic motorized fire trucks.
We will also host Massachusetts' premier Fire Explorer Scout Muster, providing the opportunity for teams of scouts to compete in several events. Visitors will also have the chance to compete in the same events!
Old-fashioned ice cream
For ice, cool off with demonstrations of old-fashioned ice-cream making, using period tools, techniques, recipes, and ingredients. In the morning, 18th-century techniques will be used and in the afternoon, we'll switch to 19th-century methods.
The Best Chili in History Contest
Help judge our fifth annual chili contest. Local restaurants including The Oxhead Tavern and The Publick House are putting their chili recipes to the test!
*Free admission for children 17 and under is limited to five children per one adult.