The history of New England's maple industry will be featured during Old Sturbridge Village's Maple Days celebrations, to be held on four consecutive weekends starting March 1-2 . The Village's costumed historians will demonstrate the maple sugaring process of the early 19th-century at a working sugar camp, show how maple sugaring has changed over the years through a scavenger hunt, and more. As part of its Kids Free on Winter Weekends promotion, the Village will be offering free admission to all children who are accompanied by an adult paying full-price, regular admission on weekends through March 30, including all four weekends of Maple Days. Special Maple Days packages are also available for families and couples, including a stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges at the Village. The dates for Maple Days are March 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, and 22-23. Full details on the many activities offered are available at www.osv.org.
Visitors attending Maple Days will see the entire maple sugar-making process, from tapping trees to "sugaring off," and learn how maple sugar was used in early New England. Visitors can also see how maple sugaring has changed over the years through a Maple scavenger hunt and demonstrations of different tapping techniques, including traditional Native American methods, early 19th-century New England techniques, 20th century metal buckets, and contemporary tubing. Costumed historians will also cook period foods made with maple products by the hearth at the Village's Freeman Farm.
Maple Days Family Packages and Maple Days Couples Getaway Packages are available, which include a stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges, two-day admission to OSV, a tour of K.E. Farm - a local maple sugaring operation, a voucher for one quart of maple syrup at K.E. Farm, and Sunday brunch at the Oliver Wight Tavern, with package pricing starting at $179.
Additional activities at Old Sturbridge Village include exploring historic buildings, engaging with Old Sturbridge Village interpreters, making hands-on crafts, and seeing heritage-breed animals. Children will also enjoy KidStory where they can pretend to be rural New England villagers from the early 19th century.
Old Sturbridge Village is one of the largest living history museums in the nation, celebrating life in early New England from 1790 to 1840. Located just off the Massachusetts Turnpike and Routes I-84 and 20 in Sturbridge, Mass., OSV is open year-round, but days and hours vary seasonally. The Village offers lodging at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges and several dining options on-site. During the winter, the Village is open Tuesday through Sunday 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $24; seniors $22; children 3-17: $8, but free with one full-price adult admission on weekends through March 30 (no other discounts or coupons apply); children 2 and under: free. Admission includes free parking and a free second-day visit within 10 days. OSV members receive free daytime admission all year long. For more details, visit www.osv.org or call 800-SEE-1830.