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Wooly Days at Rocky Mount Museum

April 12, 2014

Rocky Mount State Historic Site will present its annual Wooly Day on April 13th along with the first Garden
Arts Festival. “Wooly Day” features hand shearing of Rocky Mount’s flock of Cotswold sheeP, wool processing
techniques of the 18th century and other spring activities on a frontier farm. The “Garden Arts Festival” will be
celebration of all things gardening – from plants to handmade items for the home, garden and gardener
AZXand informative talks and tours.

Visitors will experience the spring activities of the early settlers of Tennessee. Wool processing is featured
during this event. Rocky Mount’s flock of sheep will be sheared throughout the day using hand shears. This is
a great opportunity for children of all ages to get a close look, and even pet the sheep, feel their wool and
learn how it would be made into clothing. Visitors can wash the freshly sheared wool, use wool cards to
straighten the fibers, and see how it is spun into yarn and woven into cloth.

The Garden Arts Festival will feature engaging speakers sharing their knowledge on a variety of topics of
interest to gardening enthusiasts. All talks will be held the Massengill Museum auditorium. Tours will begin in
the museum lobby and will last approximately 20 minutes.

• 10:00 a.m. Herb Gardens in Colonial America. Join Rocky Mount’s Maureen Mulroy for a class on the
herbs that were grown during colonial times, their role and function in maintaining the
health and welfare of a family, and practices used for growing and preserving herbs.

• 11:00 a.m. Guided Herb Garden Tour. Conducted by Rocky Mount’s Master Gardener volunteers.
• 11:30 a.m. Square Foot Gardening Basis. Certified Square Foot Gardening Instructor Scott Thompson
will introduce you to a systematic technique of interest to anyone who would like to
increase the productivity of their vegetable or herb garden.

• 1:00 p.m. Herb Gardens in Colonial America. Join Rocky Mount’s Maureen Mulroy for a class on the
herbs that were grown during colonial times, their role and function in maintaining the
health and welfare of a family, and practices used for growing and preserving herbs.

 

Rocky Mount is a Tennessee Historical Commission State-Owned Historic Site operated by the Rocky Mount Historical Association
under an agreement with the Tennessee Historical Commission, Department of Environment & Conservation
• 2:00 p.m. Guided Herb Garden Tour. Conducted by Rocky Mount’s Master Gardener volunteers.
• 2:30 p.m. The Best Plants for Pollinator Friendly Landscapes. Christy Shivell, grower and propagator
with Shy Valley Farm, will showcase techniques and plants that will make your landscape
an oasis for pollinators and other desirable wildlife.Vendors and exhibitors will be on hand from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
10% of all purchases made during the Festival will go to support Rocky Mount’s mission to celebrate the
rich agricultural heritage of Northeast Tennessee and to manage and interpret Rocky Mount State Historic
Site.

Tours of the William Cobb House and historic buildings will also be given throughout the day.
Admission is $10/adult, $9/senior, $5/child. Free to Rock Mount Historical Association members. Includes
parking and access to all Wooly Day & Garden Arts Festival activities.

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April 12, 2014
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