Baby Animals: Heritage Breeds at the Banke partner:
Hawthorn & Thistle Farmstead, Washington ME
Adult Weight: 110 - 160 lbs
Portrayed in many cultures throughout history and art, spotted sheep, later called Jacob sheep, were named for the Biblical story of Jacob. The breed was widespread in England by the mid 1700s. This was partly because the Jacob sheep is picturesque and easy to keep.
Rams (males) weigh 120–180 pounds and ewes (females) weigh 80–120 pounds when fully grown. They have white bodies with colored patches or spots that are usually black but can also be various shades of brown or a lighter color, called lilac. Both male and female Jacob sheep are horned. The breed is polycerate (multi-horned), with most sheep having two or four horns. On occasion, a Jacob sheep can have as many as six horns.
Jacob sheep produce a medium-weight fleece that is light and open and has a staple length of four to six inches. The quality of the fleece is sought by fiber artisans, who enjoy its color combinations of black, white, or the blend of the two. For more information about Jacob sheep, visit the Livestock Conservancy.
Hawthorn & Thistle Farmstead
in Washington ME is a small homesteading farm focused on raising Jacob sheep and fiber arts. They produce and sell beautiful fleece and yarns, knit goods, and beeswax candles.
Activities: Meet' the little newborn lambs by watching these short videos.
breakfast lambtics! Antics but for lambs.
Enjoy this front-row view of
Can you think of another animal that has spots like Jacob sheep?
Varda (mom) gives her beautiful newborn lamb a bath.
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2021 Historic House Season
Daily through Sunday, October 17, 2021,
10 AM-5 PM.
Explore over 300+ years of history, from Indigenous history to the present day, in the Puddle Dock neighborhood. Tour historic houses on original foundations, meet costumed roleplayers, watch traditional crafts demonstrations and explore heirloom gardens.
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Saturday, November 13, 2021, 10 AM-6 PM
Strawbery Banke Museum hosts the 2021 Dawnland StoryFest, New Hampshire's Annual Indigenous Storytelling Festival. This year's festival is held online via Zoom and is dedicated in memory of Wolf Song, a well-respected and much loved Vermont Abenaki traditional storyteller. Free to attend. Suggested donation of $10. Preregistration required.
Historical Fiction Writing Virtual Homeschool Program
Tuesdays, Nov. 2-30, 2021, 9-10 AM
Learn the art of creative writing through the lens of history. Working with a professional author, students hone their writing skills, use real historical primary and secondary sources, and develop their imaginations.