November 8-10, 2019
Colonial Williamsburg, VA


The Leicester Longwool Sheep Breeders Association will be sponsoring a pre-conference tour which will include an exciting textiles tour behind the scenes in Colonial Williamsburg. Spaces are limited for this tour, so if you’re interested please sign up by September 15, 2019! Here’s the tentative schedule:

Friday, November 8, 2019

Meet in the courtyard in front of the Bruton Heights Education Center on First Street in Williamsburg, VA

9:00am: Join Kim Ivey, Senior Curator of Textiles for a 35-minute behind-the-scenes walking tour of the Textile Storage
area where over 7700 textiles from the Williamsburg Collection are housed. A highlight of the tour will include a look at woven documents such as blankets, coverlets, brocades and damasks. NOTE: No ink pens, food, beverages or bags are allowed in Textile Storage!

10:00am: Tour of the John D. Rockefeller Library, the research library for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. It contains information about Colonial British America, the American Revolution and the history of the Restoration of Williamsburg.. Items in the collections include numerous rare books and manuscripts, land patents, family papers, research material, photographic material and videos. We will see some sheep-related items in the collections, too!

11:00am: A behind-the-scenes tour of Colonial Williamsburg's Costume Design Center. They are responsible for clothing almost 1000 people who portray everyone from slaves to the Royal Governor. Costume Design makes, maintains, and does research on all the costumes issued to the staff. They reproduce period costumes ranging from 1600 to the 1860's with a heavy concentration on the 18th century.

Noon to 2:00pm: Lunch on your own

2:15pm: Meet at the Spinning and Weaving shop on Duke of Gloucester St. We will be meeting with Annie Good who has completed her apprenticeship project of the recreation of fabric from a fragment recovered in a well by the archeologists. She will tell us about the project and how she went about replicating the fabric. She will also tell us about the horse blanket project that the shop did. Leicester Longwool wool was used to create horse blankets. The wool was washed by the Shaw family, dyed by a dyer in Philadelphia, spun in northern Pennsylvania and then woven and fulled by the Spinners and Weavers at Colonial Williamsburg.

3:30pm: Drop Spindle Class — This class is taught two days a week to visitors to Colonial Williamsburg. You will get a drop spindle, some wool roving and instructions on how to spin. Drop spindling is a good way to learn to spin and the spindles can be used anywhere!

The times listed are approximate, we will keep those who sign up for the tours updated of any change.


Textile Tour — $50 per person
The textile tours are limited to 15 people and if we fill one tour we can do a second.

Drop Spindle Class— $27 per person (limited to 12 people)

Cost of Both Tours — $77 per person

  • Please sign up by September 15, 2019 — and email the following info to Joan Henry (click green button below)

    1. Your name
    2. How many will attend the pre-conference tour

    Then send to check made payable to the LLSBA to:

Joan Henry, Secretary LLSBA
1795 Sugar Valley Rd
Albright, WV 26519


Friday, November 8, 2019, 7:00-9:00pm: Meet & Greet at the Fife and Drum Building

****** LLSBA CONFERENCE FEE — $30 (this includes your lunch Saturday and bus trip) ******

SATURDAY November 9, 2019

Elaine Shirley — History of the Leicester Longwools
10:30-11:15am: Drew Manko — Promoting Leicester Longwool Meat
11:30am: Field Trip to Mt Pleasant Plantation— Lunch there, Hands on Sheep
4:30pm: Leave Mt Pleasant, return to hotel
7:00pm: Dinner at the Whaling Company

SUNDAY November 10, 2019

9:00-11:00am: Kelly Miller — Training on the Grass Roots Program and Registry update, complete with interpretive dance
11:00 am to Noon: LLSBA Annual Meeting

****** WATCH YOUR EMAIL More information coming soon! ******


We are using a new hotel this year and the conference will be held there minus the pre-conference tour and the field trip to Mt. Pleasant Plantation

Fort Macgruder Hotel and Conference Center
6945 Pocahontas Trail
Williamsburg, VA 23185

Nightly room rate is $89 — this rate will be available for 2 days before and after the conference.

You may reserve rooms by phone or online

By Phone: Call (757) 220-2250
The Groups/Event Name: Leicester Longwool Sheep Breeders
Group Code: 110719THE

Leicester Longwool Sheep Breeders Association | 705 Hamilton St, Williamsburg, VA 23185