Historic Village Program To Focus On Sheep Raising

Feb. 22, 2000

The Gov. Bill and Vara Daniel Historic Village will sponsor a program on sheep raising Saturday, Feb. 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. "Warm and Woolly" will provide visitors a chance to learn about the history of sheep raising in Texas and see the Historic Village's flock. Additionally, guests can try their hand at spinning, weaving and felting.

Village director Melinda Herzog said animals, including sheep, played an important role in rural life in Central Texas in the late 1800s. "Sheep farming would help to support farmers, because the wool gave the farmers another thing to sell and trade at the general store," she said. "In towns and parks, frequently sheep were kept to mow the grass and eat weeds."

The Gov. Bill and Vara Daniel Historic Village currently owns two Jacobs sheep, which are pregnant. The lambs will be born in late March to early April, according to Herzog.

"Jacobs sheep are an endangered species of sheep. There are only 2,000 registered Jacobs sheep in the U.S.," Herzog said.

The Gov. Bill and Vara Daniel Historic Village is located on the Baylor University campus off University Parks Drive behind the Alumni Center. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for senior citizens and $1 for children ages 5 to 15. Baylor students, faculty and staff are free as are children 5 and under.

For more information, call 710-1160.

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