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See Sheep Shearing During April

New lambs have arrived at Peter Wentz Farmstead.

New lambs have arrived at Peter Wentz Farmstead.

WORCESTER PA – Experience the annual shearing of the sheep and related activities typical of spring on a colonial era farm during a visit to Montgomery County’s (PA) historic Peter Wentz Farmstead, 2100 Shearer Rd., on April 25 (2009; Saturday) from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Spring on an 18th and 19th century farm usually meant lots of chores for everyone in preparation for farm work later in the year. Volunteers at Wentz demonstrate the farmers’ skill as they use hand clippers to sheer some of the sheep during the morning and afternoon. Craftspeople will showcase their skills of spinning, weaving, and dying of wool using methods common during earlier centuries.

Farmstead visitors get to “see the entire process of textile and clothing production common during the late 18th through early 19th centuries,” said Kimberly Boice, Wentz educational coordinator, of the day’s activities. “It took a lot of time and resources to make clothing using the limited technology of that time,” she noted.

The historic Wentz house and its summer kitchen, with seasonal cooking on the hearth, also will be open.

The restored 18th century Pennsylvania German historic site is owned and operated by the county and receives support from the Peter Wentz Farmstead Society. For more information, call the Peter Wentz Farmstead at 610-584-5104.

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