Monday, May 17, 2010

Baa Baa black sheep

Yes, they have wool and the sheep will get yearly “haircuts” at Wool Days celebration; Meet the new baby oxen, lambs and piglets

STURBRIDGE – The sheep at Old Sturbridge Village will get their annual “haircuts” during Memorial Day Weekend May 29-31 as the Village celebrates “Wool Days,” facility officials said in a statement.

Farmers will shear the sheep, and OSV historians in costume will "demonstrate the entire wool textile process, from scouring and carding the wool to spinning, knitting and weaving the hand spun wool yarn," the statement said.

Visitors can try hand carding (brushing and de-tangling) wool, then learn how the Village’s historic water-powered carding mill does the same job much faster.

Visitors also can meet the 14 new lambs born at OSV this season, as well as two piglets, a new calf, and new team of baby oxen, who are in training to learn their names and the 40 voice and hand commands they will need to understand to help the farmers with heavy work around the farm, the statement said.

In keeping with the Wool Days theme, visitors can also make a “Wooly Sheep” ornament using wool from OSV sheep, the statement said.

Also highlighting the weekend is the return of the Old Sturbridge Village stagecoach and boat ride on the Quinebaug River, and old-fashioned Base-Ball games.

For all times and details: 1-800-SEE-1830;

When sheared, the OSV sheep each produce about 5 pounds of wool; they are a heritage breed descended from sheep brought by Spaniards to the U.S. Gulf coast in the 1500s and closely resemble the 19th century sheep breed commonly found on New England farms in the 1830s, the statement said.

The museum is open daily 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. seven days a week. OSV offers free parking and a free return visit within 10 days. Admission: $20; seniors $18; children 3-17, $7; children under 3, free. For information: or call 1-800-733-1830.

Editor's note: The information in this post was provided entirely by Old Sturbridge Village

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