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Sheep Shearing is Springtime Rite at the Museum of Appalachia

Sheep Shearing

Sheep Shearing Day

April 25, 2014

In pioneer Appalachia, farmers sheared their sheep each spring for wool to spin into yarn or fill quilts.

The Museum of Appalachia, a Smithsonian Affiliate Museum, renewed this annual ritual on Friday, April 25, trimming the winter’s growth of heavy wool from its flock of sheep.

The wooly animals were trimmed by Kentucky native John Cooper, who explained the process to onlookers while using vintage hand-cranked shears operated by “student power.”

Sheep Shearing

Learning to sheep shear the old fashion

Spinning, weaving and quilting demonstrators showed how wool was used to make yarn and quilt batting in the days before ready-made clothing and superstores.

Sheep Shearing

The demonstrations fulfill the Museum’s mission to preserve and pass along the Appalachian culture to future generations. School groups, home-schooled students, and individual parents and children are welcome.

Sheep Shearing

The Museum is home to sheep, chickens, guineas, 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.

Click here for Sheep Shearing Day Map

The Museum is located 16 miles north of Knoxville, one mile east of I‐75, exit 122. For more information, call or email us at:


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