Sturbridge, M.A. –
EVENT: Opening of the Cabinetmaking Shop and Woodworking Weekend at Old Sturbridge Village October 9-11, 2021.
Old Sturbridge Village invites all press and media outlets to celebrate the grand opening of our new Cabinetmaking Shop on the Village Common and learn about historical woodworking through presentations, demonstrations, and more.
Sturbridge and the surrounding region were home to some of the foremost rural cabinetmakers of the early 19th century, including Nathan Lumbard and Oliver Wight. These craftspeople, as well as others like them, were integral to 19th-century rural New England communities. In 2017, Village staff and Trustees began working on a plan to create a permanent home for cabinetmaking at the Village. The grand opening of the new shop on Saturday, October 9, 2021, is the culmination of countless hours of work and a highlight of Old Sturbridge Village’s 75th-anniversary celebrations.
PANEL DISCUSSION: (9:30am-10:30am Saturday only)
Panel discussion of a newly acquired sideboard in the Old Sturbridge Village Museum Collection, featuring Brock Jobe (OSV Trustee and Professor Emeritus of American Decorative Arts at the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library), Clark Pearce (Advisor in American Arts to Collectors and Institutions) and Chris Nassise (OSV Master Cabinetmaker)
RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY: (11:00am-12:00pm Saturday only)
• Opening comments, Jim Donahue CEO and President Old Sturbridge Village
WHERE: Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Rd Sturbridge, MA 01566 (Center Meeting House and Cabinetmaking Shop)
WHEN: Saturday, October 9, 2021
About Old Sturbridge Village
Old Sturbridge Village, first opened to the public in 1946, is one of the country's oldest and largest living history museums, celebrating life in early New England from 1790-1840. It is the largest living history museum in the Northeast, celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2021. Each year, more than 250,000 visitors interact with costumed historians, experience up-close demonstrations of early American trades, and meet heritage breed farm animals. Situated on 200 scenic acres, the Village is a collection of more than 40 historic buildings - including homes, meetinghouses, trade shops, working farms, restaurants, shops and three water-powered mills.
Located just off the Massachusetts Turnpike and Routes I-84 and 20 in Sturbridge, Mass., Old Sturbridge Village is open year-round, but days and hours vary seasonally. Daily admission is: $28 for adults, $26 for seniors, $14 for College Students, $14 for children ages 4-17, with children 3 and under admitted free. Village Members and Season Pass holders receive free standard daytime admission. For details, visit https://www.osv.org/plan-your-visit/.