Visit the lambs as the ewes get a spring-time hair (fleece) cut

MORRISTOWN, NJ. After a long winter, the sheep are looking forward to trading in their warm wool coat for something more lightweight and breathable. Join the skilled sheep shearer at ‘Born to Be Shorn,’ and watch the annual hand-shearing of sheep.

On Saturday, May 13, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., visit the Cooper Gristmill in Chester Township and see a flock of sheep receive their spring hair (fleece) cut. Witness the trust between human and animal as sheep are sheared as it was done in the past, only using a pair of hand-held shears.

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“Wool continually grows, and if not sheared the fleece will become heavy and hot,” Mark Sutherland, Manager of Historic Sites, shared.

CM_BornToBeShorn2016_2“Following the shearing, see how fleece is processed to be made into garments. You can help with the various process by washing and carding the fleece, and spinning and weaving the yarn. Watch first-hand as natural fleece is dyed in a pot over an open fire,” Sutherland continued.

Join in the fun and make a sheep craft, and try other fiber crafts to take home. Top off your day with a tour of the 1826 water-powered Cooper Gristmill - the only fully water-powered gristmill in New J ersey that still produces flour and meal.

Admission for ‘Born to Be Shorn’ is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors (age 65+), and $1 for children ages 4 through 16. Children under age 4 are admitted FREE. Friends members are half-price with a current membership card.

For more information and directions to Cooper Gristmill in Chester Township visit, or call 908.879.5463