May 242008

WOODSTOCK, VT – Billings Farm & Museum, gateway to Vermont’s rural heritage and celebrating its 25th Anniversary year, will host Sheep Shearing Weekend, on Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Sheep Shearing Weekend showcases the spring shearing of the farm’s Southdown ewes at 11:00 a.m., noon, 2:00 and 4:00 p.m., plus the skills required to turn fleece into yarn. All ages may take a turn with activities from carding wool to peg-loom weaving.

Lend a hand making maple ice cream and enjoy baby animal programs, historic games, ox programs with the farm’s team of Shorthorn steers, and hands-on activities. Planting the heirloom vegetable garden will be underway as well.  The working dairy farm, farm life exhibits, and the restored and furnished farmhouse are included in the entrance fee.  Admission also includes our 23rd annual commemorative spring button. For information, please contact the museum at 802/457-2355 or

The Billings Farm & Museum, is owned and operated by The Woodstock Foundation Inc., a charitable non-profit institution celebrating its 25th Anniversary year, founded by Mary French and Laurance Spelman Rockefeller.

Billings Farm is an operating Jersey dairy farm that continues a century-long tradition of agricultural excellence and offers farm programs and historical exhibits that explore Vermont’s rural heritage and values. Since opening to the public in 1983, the Farm & Museum has served as a gateway to Vermont’s rural heritage for over a million visitors and 100,000 of the region’s school children. Open daily May 1 through October 31, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and weekends, Nov.-Feb. Admission: adults: $11.00; over 62: $10.00; children 5-15: $6.00;3-4: $3.00; 2 & under : free.  The Farm & Museum is located one-half mile north of the Woodstock village green on Vermont Route 12.

For information: 802/457-2355 or


Contact Information:
Susan Plump, Diane Konrady
Public Relations, Agritourism Coordinator
Billings Farm & Museum, Vermont Farms! Association
802-457-2355, 866-348-FARM (3276),