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Rare Breeds Program

Rare Breeds
Rare Breeds
Rare Breeds

Horses, Cattle, Sheep, and More

Stop by the pastures in town and you’ll get a glimpse of our rare breeds of livestock—including oxen, cattle, horses, sheep, and poultry. These breeds have been carefully selected to represent animals that would have been seen throughout the colonial capital in the 1700s.

Learn More About These 18th-century Breeds

Some Pasture Locations Include

The corner of Francis and Nassau streets

The corner of Duke of Gloucester and Nassau streets

The corner of Prince George and Henry streets

The corner of Page and York streets

At the entrance to the Bassett Hall Drive

At Great Hopes Plantation

Behind the Blue Bell Tavern

Behind Wetherburn’s Tavern

Behind Christiana Campbell’s Tavern

Behind the Peyton Randolph House

Learn more about the Rare Breeds Program on History.org Go
Schedule of
Operation:

Check “Colonial Williamsburg This Week.”

Ticket Required?

No
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Upcoming Rare Breeds Events Events

Mar 30
11:00 AM
Colonial Williamsburg’s
Rare Breeds Program
The breeds of livestock used in 18th-century Virginia were very different from those used in industrialized agriculture today. This educational program is fun for the whole family. Learn which animals are being raised by the Foundation and why it's so important to preserve their existence through our Rare Breeds Program. Please refer to "Colonial Williamsburg Today" for specific locations.
Apr 1
11:00 AM
Oxen: Source of Power
Oxen played an important role in the lives of 18th-century Virginians. They provided the power to pull plows and move heavy loads. Oxen were prefered for long-distance moves, because they were hardier than horses and better able to find food along the way. Though Virginians loved their horses, a yoke of oxen was likely to be of greater service over the long haul. Locations may vary, check "Colonial Williamsburg Today" for current location.
Apr 2
11:00 AM
Colonial Williamsburg’s
Rare Breeds Program
The breeds of livestock used in 18th-century Virginia were very different from those used in industrialized agriculture today. This educational program is fun for the whole family. Learn which animals are being raised by the Foundation and why it's so important to preserve their existence through our Rare Breeds Program. Please refer to "Colonial Williamsburg Today" for specific locations.
Apr 6
11:00 AM
Colonial Williamsburg’s
Rare Breeds Program
The breeds of livestock used in 18th-century Virginia were very different from those used in industrialized agriculture today. This educational program is fun for the whole family. Learn which animals are being raised by the Foundation and why it's so important to preserve their existence through our Rare Breeds Program. Please refer to "Colonial Williamsburg Today" for specific locations.
For your safety and their diets, please refrain from petting or feeding the animals.