Event Details

Fire & Ice Days at OSV

Time: January 26, 2013 at 9:30am to January 27, 2013 at 4pm
Location: Old Sturbridge Village
Street: 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
City/Town: Sturbridge
Website or Map: http://www.osv.org
Phone: 800-SEE-1830
Event Type: osv, fire & ice
Organized By: OSV
Latest Activity: Jan 22, 2013

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Event Description

It's a day to embrace the joys of an old-fashioned winter, complete with ice skating, sledding on vintage 1830s sleds, and horse-drawn sleigh rides.

Did you know that in the days before refrigeration, New England ice was a prized "cash crop" that was shipped all over the world?

Join Old Sturbridge Village historians and ice experts at the Village's Mill Pond to watch ice harvested the old-fashioned way (weather permitting).

OSV visitors can try their hands at cutting ice with vintage tools and learn the story of Boston's "ice king," Frederic Tudor, who pioneered the 19th-century ice industry and made a fortune. (Note: ice cutting demonstrations are dependent on weather and proper conditions).

Read more about Boston's Ice King and the early New England ice industry.

Afterwards, warm up with hot cider, stories, songs and fireside tales.

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