Discover how New Englanders reared sheep for their wool in the 1830s at Old Sturbridge Village's annual sheep shearing festival - Wool Days - on Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-29. Welcome our spring lambs and see the adult sheep get their annual "haircut."
Throughout the weekend, farmers perform sheep shearing, while experts show off the sheep herding skills of border collies. Costumed historians will demonstrate the entire wool textile process, from scouring and carding the wool to spinning, and then knitting the hand-spun wool yarn. Visitors can even try their skill at hand-carding the wool.
Elizabeth and Ben Anderson, a Celtic fiddle and cello duo, will perform in the Center Meeting House all three days. Blending Scottish tunes with lively rhythms and innovative harmonies, they create a sound rooted in tradition, inspired by the contemporary, and completely original. On stage, they captivate audiences with their ability to effortlessly communicate musical nuances as only siblings can.
Learn about the natural dyes used to produce an amazing array of colors in the 19th century.
Different Wools - Meet alpacas and llamas to learn about wool from different animals.
See how wool is transformed into household linens and garments with demonstrations of the spinning wheel and loom.
Meet the animals - lambs, chickens, cows and oxen, and watch a host of daily demonstrations, including musket firing, hearth cooking, printing, coopering, blacksmithing, shoe-making and launching toy hot air balloons.
Add an overnight stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges.
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