Rocky Mount State Historic Site will present its annual “Woolly Day” on April 14th 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 $8 for adults, $7 for seniors (55+), and $5 for children ages 5-17. Members of Rocky Mount Museum get in free. Group rates are available with a reservation.
Lambs have begun to arrive. There are six lambs currently with more on the way. Lambs are available for photos. As in years past, Rocky Mount will have a contest for children 12 and younger to name these lambs. Submissions can be made at Rocky Mount and will be taken through April 21st. The newborn lambs are always a hit at Woolly Day; children will have opportunities throughout the day to meet and pet the lambs.
At 1 p.m. a special ceremony and ribbon cutting will celebrate the completion of a $500,000 site improvements project featuring new fencing and ADA accessible walkways in the Historic area.
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 historic buildings will be given throughout the day.
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