Sheep to Shawl

Sheep to Shawl

Shear family fun!

Guests experience the process of cloth making through demonstrations and activities ranging from sheep shearing and wool dyeing to spinning and weaving. Gather the entire family for a full day of fun that also includes open hearth cooking, blacksmithing, candle making, live music, and more at Smith Family Farm. 

This program is included in the cost of general admission for the public; free for members.


Smith Family Farm Activities

Shearing Demonstrations
11:00 am, Noon, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm

The arrival of spring means haircuts for the animals at the Farm! This traditional activity demonstrated on our working Smith Family Farm invites visitors to watch as the sheep and angora goats shed their winter coats.

Beside the Point
10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm

Bob Kirkman, Stven Carlberg, and Nathalie Levine play traditional, contemporary, and original contra dance music on twin fiddles and keyboard. Based in Atlanta, they bring their alternately driving and lyrical sound to dance halls around the Southeast. When the band is this fun, the name is Beside the Point!

Storytime with Mama Koku
11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm

Bring the kiddos for this interactive storytelling experience as Mama Koku spins beloved folktales.

Spirituals, Stories & Soul Food

Ever wondered where those Southern comfort foods originated? Witness demonstrations and learn how the enslaved community shaped Southern food traditions that we love today. Stay awhile and hear stories and songs that provided an outlet for expressions of religious faith as well as resistance within the enslaved community.

 Additional Ongoing Activities

  • Blacksmithing
  • Candle Dipping
  • Toys
  • Wool Washing
  • Natural Dyeing
  • Carding and Spinning
  • Weaving
  • Woodworking
  • Open Hearth Cooking

Swan House Activities

Cricket’s Mobile Petting Zoo
Ongoing until 4pm

Be sure to stop by the petting zoo, complete with a variety of friendly barnyard animals!

Ride that train!
Ongoing until 4pm

All aboard! Kids enjoy a ride on the trackless train!

Carnival Games
Ongoing until 4 pm

Play games of chance and skill and win carnival prizes and treats like cotton candy and popcorn!

Goizueta Gardens Activities

Farm to Table
1:30 pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm
Meet at the Smith Farm Chicken Coop

Space is limited so please arrive 5 minutes early!

Explore the four distinct gardens at Smith Family Farm and learn how our Georgia ancestors grew everything they needed for food, fiber, medicine, and shelter! This interactive tour includes the flower yard, kitchen garden, field, and enslaved people’s garden.

11:30 am
Meet at 4H Table at Swan House

Space is limited so please arrive 5 minutes early!

What’s all the buzz about bees? Learn how humans work with honeybees to share in their sweet harvest in this hands-on, meet-the-bees experience!

Food for Sale

Nerd Dawgs
10:30am to 3:00 pm

Offering up delicious hot dogs with a variety of toppings!

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