Sleepy Hollow Gets Sheep Shearing Lesson

Shepherd Gene Sheninger gives a sheep corralling lesson Photo Credit: Matt Bultman
Giovanni Rossi, 5, gets a stilt walking lesson from Philipsburg Manor workerNate Caspari Photo Credit: Matt Bultman
Visitors get a lesson on spinning sheeps wool Photo Credit: Matt Bultman
A crowd gathers around storyteller Jonathan Kruk Photo Credit: Matt Bultman
Janet Beddoe shows how to weave wool Photo Credit: Matt Bultman
Leah Avramvitz gets a lesson a cleaning wool from Tom Hunt Photo Credit: Matt Bultman
Cirian Welch plays a 18th century game called 'Hoops' Photo Credit: Matt Bultman
Farmers demonstrate how to sheer a Shetland Ram Photo Credit: Matt Bultman
Sarah McCullough (left) dyes the wool Photo Credit: Matt Bultman
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SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. — Dozens of curious history buffs took a trip back in time Saturday to a day when log cabins and looms were the standard, instead of iPads and cellphones.

Visitors young and old turned out for the first day of Philipsburg Manor’s Sheep-to-Shawl festival, where they saw what life was like on an 18th century farm.

Dressed in 1750s colonial clothing, farmers and shepherds gave the group lessons on everything from corralling the sheep with border collies to shearing sheep's wool. Afterward, visitors learned about dyeing, spinning and weaving wool into a ...
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