The Lambs are out in Colonial Williamsburg…but where?
It happens every spring – baby lambkins are born in Colonial Williamsburg. Lambs stumbling across the fields they are playing in is a delight, but here is a tip to spotting them in the largest outdoor museum in America: lambs are often located in the field on the corner of Francis St. and Nassau.
As of March 18, 2021 the lambs are out and are adorable. But each lamb is helping to preserve the 18th-century breed, the Leicester Longwool Sheep. They are part of the Colonial Williamsburg Rare Breeds Program. Washington raised Leicester Longwool Sheep at Mount Vernon but the breed later died out in America around 1920.
The herd was started anew in February of 1990, with eight ewes, one ram, and six lambs shipped from a third-generation breeder in Australia named Ivan Heazlewood. The flock at Colonial Williamsburg is now up to 50. The US population of Leicester Longwool Sheep is now over 120 flocks.
Here is our Lamb Cam from last year – as soon as the rain stops we will do a new one! Hopefully this weekend!