6oct - 8All DayApple & Agriculture Days - Old Sturbridge Village(All Day) Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road Sturbridge, MA 01566Event Type:Epicurian,Family,Featured Event,Festivals & Carnivals,Learning & Exploration,Museums,The Great Outdoors,Wine, Spirits & Beer
Apple & Agriculture Days - Old Sturbridge Village | October 6 - 8 Celebrate the harvest and the beautiful New England autumn at the peak of fall color. Learn how food
Apple & Agriculture Days – Old Sturbridge Village | October 6 – 8
Celebrate the harvest and the beautiful New England autumn at the peak of fall color. Learn how food makes its way from the farm to the dining room table. Meet our oxen and see multiple guest teams (October 6 – 8 only) demonstrate plowing and field preparation. Learn more about heritage breed animals and talk with breeders.
Join our costumed interpreters as they harvest apples, potatoes, carrots, and beets, conduct garden, and root cellar tours and discuss food preparation, thresh and winnow grain, and shell corn and beans.
One of the most popular items of the fall harvest is apples. In New England, cider making is to autumn what maple sugaring is to spring. However, 19th-century farmers would not recognize the sweet cider we enjoy from farm stands today. Cider in the 1800s was not merely the apple juice, but was fermented “squeezings” from apples, which meant the cider would keep through the spring planting, summer heat and into the harvesting of the next apple season. Throughout the day, our interpreters will be cooking and preserving this special fall fruit and operating the ox-powered Cider Mill.
Did you know?
- The most common fruit in 19th century New England was the apple. Most farms had orchards of 100-300 trees or more!
- Early apples produced a cider that fermented in six weeks to two months.
- Early New England cider had an alcohol content of 4 – 8 percent, which preserved the cider throughout the year.
- Most 19th-century farm families went through 10 barrels of apple cider a year, each containing 32 gallons.
- Even children drank “hard” cider, although it may have been watered down for younger children.
- Most popular apple varieties of the early 19th-century were different from today. Some of the most popular were Winter apples, Porter apples, Pearmain apples, and Sopsavine apples.
Old Sturbridge Village, the largest outdoor history museum in the Northeast, depicts a rural New England town of the 1830s. Step inside more than 40 original buildings, and explore homes, meetinghouses, a district school, country store, bank, working farm, three water-powered mills, and trade shops – all situated on more than 200 scenic acres. Talk with authentically costumed historians and see heritage breed farm animals. Discover the endless ways to immerse yourself in the Village.
Old Sturbridge Village, a museum and learning resource of New England life, invites each visitor to find meaning, pleasure, relevance, and inspiration through the exploration of history.
Old Sturbridge Village | 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road Sturbridge, MA 01566
october 6 (Saturday) - 8 (Monday)
Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road Sturbridge, MA 01566