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Rocky Mount to host Wooly Day and Garden Arts Festival April 13

Contributed • Apr 8, 2019 at 12:00 AM

Rocky Mount State Historic Site will present its annual Wooly Day on April 13, along with the first Garden Arts Festival.

Wooly Day features hand shearing of Rocky Mount’s flock of Cotswold sheep, wool-processing techniques of the 18th century and other spring activities on a frontier farm. The Garden Arts Festival will be a celebration of all things gardening — from plants to handmade items for the home, garden and gardener, to foods and talks and tours.

Wooly Day is an opportunity for visitors to experience the spring activities of the early settlers of Tennessee. Rocky Mount’s flock of sheep will be sheared throughout the day using hand shears. This is a great opportunity for children of all ages to get a close look, and even pet the sheep, feel their wool and learn how it would be made into clothing. Visitors can wash the freshly sheared wool, use wool cards to straighten the fibers and see how it is spun into yarn and woven into cloth.

The Garden Arts Festival will feature speakers sharing their knowledge on a variety of topics of interest to gardening enthusiasts. All talks will be held at the Massengill Museum auditorium. Tours will begin in the museum lobby and will last approximately 20 minutes.

Vendors and exhibitors including local specialty plant nurseries, traditional artisans, community groups and food vendors will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

10% of all purchases made during the festival will go to Rocky Mount’s mission to celebrate the rich agricultural heritage of Northeast Tennessee and to manage and interpret Rocky Mount State Historic Site.

Living History tours of the William Cobb House and historic buildings will also be given throughout the day.

Admission is $10/adult, $9/senior, $5/child and is free to Rocky Mount Historical Association members. The fee includes parking and access to all Wooly Day & Garden Arts Festival activities.

Rocky Mount is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. from the first Tuesday in March through the second Saturday in December. For more information, call 423-538-7396 or visit our website (www.rockymountmuseum.com).

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