On Friday, April 21st & Friday, April 28th, school groups, home-schooled students, and individual families are all invited to participate in the day’s hands-on activities; student and group rates are available. Free for Museum members.
In keeping with the traditions of Southern Appalachia, the Museum welcomes the warmth of spring with a renewal of the annual ritual of “Sheep Shearing”, a day of hands-on activities surrounding the trimming of a winter’s growth of heavy fleece from its flock of free-range sheep.
The Museum of Appalachia, a Smithsonian Affiliate, will host this annual practice in middle of its rolling fields, surrounded by its historical village from 9am to 4pm. The wooly animals will be trimmed by an experienced shearer who takes time to explain the process to onlookers, demonstrating with vintage, hand-cranked and hand-held shears, powered by enthusiastic student participants.
Spinning, quilting, weaving and Appalachian music will be included in the day.