Sheep Shearing Day at Horne Creek  

Event Description

Sheep Shearing Day at Horne Creek Living Historical Farm. 

Come out to Horne Creek Farm and learn about the site’s Gulf Coast Native sheep.

Then, watch as staff and volunteers shear some of our wooly friends for the spring.  Free, although donations are appreciated.

Shearing will take place two times: 10:00 am - 11:00 am and 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm.

Horne Creek Farm raises Gulf Coast Native sheep that one found on the farm in 1900. Gulf Coast Native sheep descend from the Spanish flocks brought to the New World by explorers and settlers beginning in the 1500s. Gulf Coast sheep were used across the Southeast by Spanish missionaries, Native Americans, and European settlers as far north as the Carolinas. These sheep adapted to the heat and humidity of the South’s environment so well that for centuries they were the only sheep to be found in the deep South, providing wool and meat for home production. The development of anti-parasite medications in the 1900s allowed the introduction of other, larger, more productive sheep breeds to the Southeast. Gulf Coast sheep slowly disappeared from Southern farms.