Wooly Day at Rocky Mount

Contributed To The Press • Apr 8, 2016 at 10:48 AM

PINEY FLATS — Rocky Mount State Historic Site will present its annual “Wooly Day” on Saturday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Admission is $5 for everyone age 5 and up. Members of Rocky Mount Museum receive free admission. Group rates are available with reservations. Candle Dipping cost is an additional $2 per craft per person.

Wooly 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.

Four Cotswold lambs have been born so far this spring, with four more ewes expecting. As in years past, Rocky Mount will have a contest to name these lambs for children 11 or younger. Submissions can be made at Rocky Mount and will be taken through Saturday. The newborn lambs are always a hit at Wooly Day; children will have opportunities throughout the day to meet and pet the lambs.

Adults will have special programing as well: Frontier Academy, Rocky Mount’s continuing series for adults, will guide adults, ages 16 and over, through the textile process: letting them try their hand at shearing, spinning and weaving for a deeper engagement, at no extra cost. Registration can be found on Rocky Mount's website, and a sign up will be provided on Wooly Day.

Rocky Mount's Wooly 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. For an additional cost, visitors can make a candle.

Living History Tours of the Cobb House and buildings will be given throughout the day.

Rocky Mount State Historic Site is a “living history" museum, which uses first-person interpretation to portray people living in 1791. Living History Tours are offered Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. with the last tour starting by 4.

Living History tours and the facility are available by reservation at any time, including Sundays and Mondays for school and other groups, with advance reservations.

For more information call 423-538-7396 or 888-538-1791 or visit rockymountmuseum.com.

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