Sheepshearing coming to Watson Farm May 13
Celebrate Spring at Watson Farm's annual Sheep Shearing Day to be held on Saturday, May 13, from noon to 4 p.m.
Historic New England invites the public to this special pre-season Open Farm Day at Watson Farm, located at 455 North Main Rd. in Jamestown. It is a great opportunity to watch sheep shearer Lara Sullivan as she removes the fleece from sheep in the farm flock. Young lambs will be frolicking in the barnyard, and visitors can hike the farm's scenic pastures that meander past the herd of Red Devon cattle down to the shores of Narragansett Bay.
Jared Hartley of the Winsor Blacksmith Shop will be set up with his forge, demonstrating the historic art of blacksmithing. Spinners and weavers will be on hand to show their skill in the fiber arts. Members from the Rhode Island Spinners Guild will give demonstrations of yarn spinning, and offer a chance to learn how to use a loom or a drop spindle. Admission is $5 per car. For more information, contact Watson Farm at 423-0005.
The Watson Farm is a 265-acre working farm in Jamestown. It is owned by Historic New England, a museum of cultural history. Historic New England preserves, interprets, and collects buildings, landscapes, and objects reflecting New England life from the 17th century to the present for the enjoyment of all.
The Watson Farm opens for the season in June. The hours are June 1 to Oct. 15, Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for students, and kids six and under get in free.