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Sponsor a Sheep!

While Washington Crossing Historic Park is partially closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 14 sheep at the Thompson-Neely Farmstead still need to eat!

In addition to foraging 8-12 pounds of grass and plants every day, each sheep needs supplies like hay, grain, and supplemental minerals.

They also require veterinary care, medications, fresh straw bedding, and the loving attention of the park’s farmstead manager, Ross.

You can help us defray these costs by sponsoring a sheep.

Sponsorship is $50 per sheep per week. All donors will receive a personal thank-you note from the sheep you choose to support. 
About the Farmstead-
All of Washington Crossing Historic Park’s sheep are heritage breeds. These are the breeds that were raised for centuries in the past, before modern-day industrial agriculture. Breeds were cultivated over time to keep the animals well-adjusted to their environments.

The sheep raised in colonial America were mainly British breeds, so that’s what you’ll find at the Thompson-Neely Farmstead.

Six of them are Leicester Longwools, a breed that Washington brought for his flock at Mount Vernon. These sheep have long, durable, lustrous wool. Four are Dorsets and one is a Cotswald, which both have soft, fine white wool. The other sheep are a combination of Baby Doll, Southdown, and two that are a Hampshire/Shropshire mix.

 
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