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Rocky Mount gets wild and wooly

April 7th, 2013 6:08 pm by staff report

Rocky Mount Museum’s annual Wooly Day is an opportunity for visitors to experience the spring activities, particularly wool processing, of Tennessee’s early settlers.

Wooly Day, set for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 13, will feature the hand shearing of Rocky Mount’s flock of sheep using wool processing techniques of the 18th century. Visitors can get a close look at and pet the sheep, feel their wool and learn how it is turned into clothing. They will also have the chance to wash the freshly-sheared wool, use wool cards to straighten the fibers and see how it is spun into yarn and woven into cloth.

Other demonstrations will include hearthside cooking and gardening.

Rocky Mount was home to the William Cobb family, and living history tours of the Cobb house and buildings will be given throughout the day. Rocky Mount uses first-person interpretation to portray people living in 1791. Visitors are encouraged to visit with the Cobbs as they celebrate the passing of the harsh winter and prepare for the new growing season.

In the days leading up to Wooly Day, Rocky Mount’s ewes are expected to give birth to lambs. As in years past, Rocky Mount will have a contest for children ages 11 and younger to name these newborns. Submissions will be taken at Rocky Mount through April 13.

Admission is $5 for everyone ages 5 and up. Members of Rocky Mount Museum receive free admission. Group rates are available with reservations. For an additional $2 cost, visitors can make a candle or use dyed wool to make a felt ball.

For more information, call (423) 538-7396 or (888) 538-1791, or visit

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