Rocky Mount State Historic Site will present its annual “Woolly Day” on April 8th from 11-5. Woolly Day is Rocky Mount’s spring event which features hand shearing of its flock of Cotswold sheep, wool processing techniques of the 18th century and other spring activities on a frontier farm.
Admission is $5 for everyone aged 5 and up. Members of Rocky Mount Museum receive free admission. Group rates available with reservation. Visitors will be able to purchase an additional craft ticket for naturally dyeing an egg for $2 per person.
Four Cotswold lambs have been born so far this spring, with five more ewes expecting (These lambs are available for photo/video opportunities). As in years past, Rocky Mount will have a contest to name these lambs for children 12 or younger. Submissions can be made at Rocky Mount and will be taken through April 14th. The newborn lambs are always a hit at Woolly Day; children will have opportunities throughout the day to meet and pet the lambs.
Rocky Mount’s Woolly Day is an opportunity for visitors to experience the spring activities of the early settlers of Tennessee. Wool processing is featured during this event. Rocky Mount’s flock of sheep will be sheared throughout the day using hand shears. This is a great opportunity for children to get a close look, and even pet sheep, feel their wool and learn how it would be made into clothing. Visitors will be given the opportunity to wash the freshly sheared wool, use wool cards to straighten the fibers, and see how it is spun into yarn, and woven into cloth. Other demonstrations include hearth-side cooking, gardening and 18th century toys. Living History Tours of the Cobb House and buildings will be given throughout the day. For more information call 423-538-7396 or 888-538-1791 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.