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 By Toni Guagenti

No. 1401 wobbles a bit on his less-than-three-day-old legs. His mother, born in 2008, stands watch nearby.

No. 1402, a few hours younger, brushes up against her mother’s  left udder, but decides she’s not quite ready to nurse.

Spring has arrived in the historic district of Colonial Williamsburg with a telltale sign: the birth …

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The podcast gets in on the Sheep Week fun today with this 2009 interview with the inimitable Elaine Shirley. As manager of Rare Breeds, she oversees the flock’s new arrivals each spring.

Shirley’s joy in lambing is evidenced in her enthusiasm and longevity on the job, but there’s a serious side, too. More than representing …

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By Toni Guagenti

Take a closer look at the Leicester Longwool grazing in the fields in Colonial Williamsburg’s historic district. Look her right between her wide-spread eyes – on either side of her head – and ponder her naturally curly, possibly matted hair.
Just remember, George Washington owned and respected this breed of sheep.

Documents show that …

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Spring lambs, Colonial Williamsburg’s historic area, 2014

From April 14-18, we’re celebrating Colonial Williamsburg’s sheep with a special Sheep Week on Each day, you’ll read articles about the history, care and characteristics of the foundation’s famous sheep.

For a preview, watch our musical slideshow of lambs born over the past several weeks. The photos taken …

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By Claire Weaver

In 1718, the first keeper of Williamsburg’s magazine, John Brush, decided to build a simple home for himself on the palace green.

Brush lived in his hand-split weatherboard house for nine years, before his death in 1727. A few years later, his daughter Susanna sold the house to a widow named Elizabeth …

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By John Watson

The return of the combination pipe organ and upright grand piano to Williamsburg seemed a perfect outcome from everyone’s perspective, so negotiations to purchase the 1799 organized piano for our collection were effortless.

The operation to move the instrument back to Williamsburg involved some heavy lifting paired with a delicate touch.

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