Sheep Shearing Day

April 29, 2016
Event By: Anderson County Tourism Council Address: 2819 Andersonville Hwy Clinton, TN 37716 Phone: (865) 494-7680

In pioneer Appalachia, farmers sheared their sheep each spring for wool to spin into yarn or fill quilts. The Museum of Appalachia will renew this annual ritual on Friday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., trimming the winter’s growth of heavy wool from its flock of sheep. The wooly animals will be trimmed by Kentucky native John Cooper, who will explain the process to onlookers while using vintage hand-cranked shears operated by “student power.” Spinning, weaving and quilting demonstrators will show how wool was used to make yarn and quilt batting in the days before ready-made clothing and superstores. The Museum, a non-profit organization, includes over 35 authentic log buildings, display halls filled with Appalachian artifacts, and gardens and farm animals in a picturesque setting, all surrounded by split-rail fences. The Museum is home to sheep, chickens, guineas, ducks, wild turkeys, and peafowl. Mules, Scottish Highland cattle, and “fainting” goats roam adjacent pastures. In springtime, children will be delighted to see young lambs, goats, and chicks. A large gift shop features handiwork from regional artisans, and a small restaurant offers hot lunches, fresh‐from‐the‐garden vegetables, and mouth‐watering home-style desserts. Facilities are available for weddings, reunions, meetings, and other events. For more information, call 865-494-7680 or visit www.museumofappalachia.org

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