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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
About this Historic Site: placeholder Come and Go

Upcoming Rare Breeds Events Events

Oct 10
9:00 AM
Washington’s Army Descends on Williamsburg
The time is September 26, 27 & 28, 1781.  The allied armies are now under the command of General George Washington and the Comte de Rochambeau.  General Cornwallis has entrenched his troops at Yorktown and Williamsburg is now in the hands of the Americans.  Upon the advice of Rochambeau and despite the great stress of worrying over the health, pay and morale of his Continental Army that are stationed outside of New York City, Washington decides to take advantage of Cornwallis’ location and swiftly marches his troops southward.  Witness the extensive preparations of the Continental Army in Williamsburg as they prepare to lay siege on Yorktown.
Oct 11
9:00 AM
Washington’s Army Descends on Williamsburg
The time is September 26, 27 & 28, 1781.  The allied armies are now under the command of General George Washington and the Comte de Rochambeau.  General Cornwallis has entrenched his troops at Yorktown and Williamsburg is now in the hands of the Americans.  Upon the advice of Rochambeau and despite the great stress of worrying over the health, pay and morale of his Continental Army that are stationed outside of New York City, Washington decides to take advantage of Cornwallis’ location and swiftly marches his troops southward.  Witness the extensive preparations of the Continental Army in Williamsburg as they prepare to lay siege on Yorktown.
Dec 6
5:00 PM
Grand Illumination
In the 18th century, illuminations, which included the firing of guns and lighting of fireworks, were held to celebrate major events, such as great military victories, the anniversary of the reigning sovereign's birth, or the arrival of a new colonial governor. Join Colonial Williamsburg for this special day by strolling the Revolutionary City and viewing all the unique decorations. Enjoy musical performances from multiple stages and delight in the fireworks displays from three different locations.
For your safety and their diets, please refrain from petting or feeding the animals.