Island Farm to hold annual sheep shearing day Saturday

Published 8:29 pm Friday, April 8, 2022

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Spring is here and it’s time to shear the sheep.

Island Farm will hold its annual sheep shearing day Saturday, April 9 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. During the event, Island Farm’s resident sheep will be hand-shorn, just as they would have been in the mid-19th century on Roanoke Island.

The Island Farm herd is made up of two different sheep breeds prized for their fantastic fleece: Merino and Romney. In addition to hand-shearing demonstrations, visitors will experience the entire process unfold, from washing wool, to spinning yarn and weaving cloth.

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This day-long celebration of sheep will also offer live blacksmithing, toys and games, crafts, a special cookhouse treat and plenty of farm animals to see.

A living history farmstead, Island Farm offers a glimpse at coastal history and life on Roanoke Island in the mid-1800s. For the 2022 season, Island Farm will be open April through November, Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Programming and activities will vary throughout the season. Admission to the site is $10 and children 3 and under are admitted for free. The farmstead is located at 1140 N US Highway 64, north of Manteo on Roanoke Island.

Island Farm is owned and operated by Outer Banks Conservationists, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1980 to protect important natural, cultural and historic resources along North Carolina’s Outer Banks through education and conservation. For more information, visit, email or call 252-473-6500.