Posted Saturday, March 2nd, 2019

Watch Fleece Dying Process Over Open Fire

On Saturday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., celebrate spring, join a unique experience of turning fleece into woolen fiber, now at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township.

Spend a day on the farm, and experience a live sheep shearing as it was done in the past without using electricity. Watch as each sheep gets its own ‘haircut’ to remove its woolen fleece that has grown thick since last spring. Learn how the fleece is then processed into woolen fibers and fashions, and dyed with brilliant, natural colors over an open fire.

woman sheering sheep

Enjoy fun, hands-on activities, such as weaving, spinning, and crafting, and meet the cute, baby lambs. Finish your day off with a tour of the Foster family’s 1854 Gothic revival-style mansion, the Willows.

Admission is $8 per adult, $7 per senior, $6 per child age 4 – 16, FREE per child age 3 & under. Friends members are half-price with a current membership card. For more information and directions to Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, visit, morrisparks.net, or call 973.326.7645.

The fascinating 213-acre Fosterfields Living Historical Farm transports visitors back to the late 1800s, when it was Charles Foster’s gentleman’s farm. Costumed docents answer questions and do their farm chores the old-fashioned way, while teaching visitors about raising animals and growing vegetables. Explore the 1920s farmhouse and the Foster family’s 1854 Gothic revival-style mansion, The Willows (which was built by Paul Revere’s grandson).

This New Jersey and National Register Historic Site bridges the gap between history and modern life in an interactive way. The intriguing Caroline Foster, Charles’ daughter, donated several personal belongings to the living museum, including her personal vintage car collection (now the interactive Transportation Exhibit).

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The Morris County Park Commission features one of the region’s best park systems in the state of New Jersey. It currently protects and maintains 20,197 acres at 38 distinct sites plus offers a year-round calendar of events and activities for all to enjoy!