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 By Áine Cain

This Throwback Thursday goes out to the sheep of Williamsburg — those  adorable bundles of spunk and wool. If you can’t get enough of this wooly madness,  follow  Colonial Williamsburg on Twitter and check history.org throughout Sheep Week.

Visitors can often find the sheep near the old duck pond across from …

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What do you think these little lambs are up to? Go to the comments section below this post, and try your hand at writing a caption for Colonial Williamsburg photographer Dave Doody’s photo of our famous sheep.  We’ll publish the best one .

The Redbud, known to the botanists as Cercis Canadensis, is now illuminating the woodlands with its rosy pink blooms.  This is one of the first of our native trees to flower and precedes the Dogwood in the gay march of sylvan delights that fill the margins of Virginia forests.

Blooming redbud

It was known in …

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By Toni Guagenti

Corkscrews, coils and waves. Leicester Longwool sheep naturally sport the locks some people dream of.

But it’s the Leicester wool that’s coveted by those who practice the arts and mysteries of spinning, weaving and dyeing, as their ancestors did hundreds of years ago.

“The fiber has a high luster or shiny factor,” said Karen …

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Throughout the month of April, Colonial Williamsburg will explore the religious impact of the American Revolution. Any British colony was required to promote the Anglican Church as its official religion, stifling the practice of Presbyterian and Baptist dissenters, and forbidding that of Catholics and non-Christians. Gaining religious freedom was one of the goals of …

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In celebration of its new location in Merchant’s Square, Colonial Williamsburg’s retail shop “Everything WILLIAMSBURG” will bring live sheep to the Williamsburg Farmer’s Market from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 19, weather permitting.

Colonial Williamsburg’s rare breeds program will provide a Leicester Longwool ewe and her newborn lamb to the store for …

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