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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

Jul 4
11:30 AM
The Colonial Faire
Join us at several locations in and around Palace Green and Market Square for 18th-century inspired games (tomahawk throwing, dancing, trap ball, quoits, 3-legged races, hoops, running races, tug of war, and sack races) in celebration of the July 4 holiday. The games are included as a part of your Colonial Williamsburg admission.
Jul 4
8:15 PM
Concert by Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums
Celebrate the holiday with the distinctive sounds of the Fifes and Drums in this exciting, patriotic performance.
Jul 4
8:45 PM
Illuminations of Market Square and Palace Green
Please join us on Market Square and Palace Green for our Nation's birthday as we illuminate various sites and buildings and highlight some of their historical significance.
Jul 4
9:10 PM
A Salute to the Nation
We invite you to join us for a special tribute to our country. This stirring salute spans 250 years of ideas that have created a unique spirit and the American identity. Celebrate and honor that spirit by sharing the sights, songs, and words that came together to form the idea of America. The presentation concludes with a fireworks display.
For your safety and their diets, please refrain from petting or feeding the animals.