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March 6, 2012

Colonial Williamsburg Introduces Two New Livestock Programs This Spring

Guests learn more about the rare breeds of livestock that populate Colonial Williamsburg pastures through two new programs this spring.

Through the lively program, “Oxen, A Source of Power,” guests learn the history of these gentle giants and how they were used in the 18th century. Everything from “yoking” to comparisons to horses to the care and feeding of these important draft animals is covered at 10 a.m. Wednesdays, March 14-June 13 at the corner of Botetourt and Nicholson.

“Colonial Williamsburg’s Rare Breeds Program” explores how breeds of livestock used in 18th-century Virginia were very different from the breeds used in industrialized agriculture at 1:30 p.m. Mondays, March 19-June 11 and Thursdays, March 22-June 14 (except May 3).

The Rare Breeds program is recognized by the American Livestock Breeds Conservatory (ALBC) for “its outstanding historical, agricultural interpretation.” Colonial Williamsburg is a pioneer in the field of not only showing the animals, but also in conservancy and breeding.

Colonial Williamsburg began its Rare Breeds program in 1986 to preserve genetic diversity in livestock. Some of the selected breeds represent animals that could have been present in Williamsburg during the 18th century, according to historical research. The program complements Colonial Williamsburg’s living history interpretation by portraying another aspect of daily life in colonial Virginia.

These programs are free. For more information, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program. Explore The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and discover the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum featuring the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670 – 1830 and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Purchase of

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