Annual Highland Sheep Shearing
Highland's annual sheep shearing will take place on Saturday, April 7 from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon (rain or shine), with additional activities to follow. Tom Stanley will demonstrate the New Zealand sheep shearing method at this educational, agricultural event. We will also have traditional wool carding and spinning demonstrations for the family following the shearing.
If the weather is favorable, visitors are encouraged to enjoy a picnic lunch on the grounds. Bring your own or choose from our selection of fresh sandwiches at the Museum Shop.
Admission to the sheep shearing event is $5 per person. Children under 6 are admitted free. Monroe's Farm Friends Members are admitted free of charge! Tickets are available at the door or online using the link below.
About Tom Stanley
Tom Stanley has worked with sheep his entire life, starting with an orphaned lamb when he was 9 years old. He started shearing his own sheep when he was 14 years old. Today, Tom is employed by Virginia Tech as an Agriculture Extension Agent based in Rockbridge County and keeps a small flock of 40 breeding sheep that lamb each April.
Highland, the home of James Monroe, the fifth president of the United States, is adjacent to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia. Purchased by Monroe in 1793, the plantation was home to the Monroe family for nearly 25 years. Acquired by the College of William and Mary (Monroe’s alma mater) in 1974, Highland offers tours each... more