Celebrate our nation's presidents with an 1830s-style tribute to United States history at Old Sturbridge Village.
The party lasts throughout Presidents' Day weekend, and will include a variety of activities, including Washington's Birthday Ball, Presidential Trivia, a toast to George Washington and other American patriots, and presentations of “I Cannot Tell a Lie: Songs and Stories of George Washington.” The weekend will also feature portrayals of Presidents John Adams and Ulysses S. Grant. On Saturday, February 15, feet will be tapping as costumed historians dance at the Village’s annual Washington Birthday Ball. Old Sturbridge Village historians will demonstrate how ladies in the early 1800s styled their hair (using bear grease and sausage curls) in “Her Crowning Glory: Hair Dressing 1830s Style” earlier in the day, along with programming on etiquette and accessories for the ball. Visitors can also participate in contra dances and cotillions, the forerunners of today’s line dancing and square dancing. During this celebration, if your name is George or Martha, you'll enjoy free admission. In addition, Old Sturbridge Village is offering free admission for children (ages 17 and under) on weekends through March 30 when accompanied by one adult paying full-priced, regular admission. Sat., Feb. 15 - Mon., Feb. 17, 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Adults, $24; seniors, $22; ages 3-17, $8, but free on weekends with paying adult. Old Sturbridge Village, One Old Sturbridge Rd., Sturbridge. www.osv.org
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