Sheep to Shawl

Guests experience the process of cloth making through demonstrations and activities that range 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; free to members.


Smith Family Farm Activities  

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

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

Storytime with Mama Koku
1:45pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm  

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

Spirituals, stories and soul food
Smith Farm Kitchen and Slave Cabin

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 Smith Farm Ongoing Activities

Candle dipping
Wool washing
Natural dyeing
Carding and spinning
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 as kids enjoy a ride on the trackless train.  

Carnival games
Ongoing until 4pm  

Play games of chance and skill and win treats like cotton candy and popcorn.

Food for Sale

Souper Jenny

Souper Jenny, which shares a chic, funky café space with the new BRASH Coffee location off the Atlanta History Museum main entrance, will be serving from its healthful menu. Via the connected hallway, visit the inviting new Atlanta History Center Museum Shop and Bookstore for gifts and books specific to Smith Family Farm and southern crafts.  

Nerd Dawgs
Outside Swan House
11:00am to 3:00pm

Offering up delicious hot dogs with a variety of toppings.