Sheep shearing show shapes up for Middleton Place

Published: May. 1, 2015 at 4:44 PM EDT|Updated: May. 1, 2015 at 8:15 PM EDT
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Photo source: Middleton Place
Photo source: Middleton Place

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A sheep shearing demonstration will be held at Middleton Place on Saturday at the Plantation Stableyards. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., guests of the plantation will be invited to observe the annual event.

Steel bladed hand shears will be used to illustrate shearing methods used in the past. Interpreters will educate attendees about the Gulf Coast breed of sheep, the annual shearing, and wool processing. Interpreters will also demonstrate carding and spinning, showing the steps of how the wool is taken from the sheep, combed and straightened, and made into a shawl. 

The shearing event is free with Gardens and Stableyards admission.

The Gulf Coast sheep have made Middleton Place their home since the 18th century, though they have reportedly been present in the southeast since the Spanish transported them to the U.S. in the 1500s. The sheep share the Stableyards with goats, guinea hogs, river water buffalo, cows, and chickens.

Middleton Place is located at 4300 Ashley River Road in Charleston.

For more information about Middleton Place and sheep shearing, visit their website:

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