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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 18th-century Williamsburg.

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

Nov 24
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. Learn about Colonial Williamsburg's Rare Breeds program and why the animals raised by the Foundation are important. Please refer to "Colonial Williamsburg This Week" for locations.
Dec 1
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. Learn about Colonial Williamsburg's Rare Breeds program and why the animals raised by the Foundation are important. Please refer to "Colonial Williamsburg This Week" for locations.
Dec 3
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.
Dec 4
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. Learn about Colonial Williamsburg's Rare Breeds program and why the animals raised by the Foundation are important. Please refer to "Colonial Williamsburg This Week" for locations.
For your safety and their diets, please refrain from petting or feeding the animals.