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Old 05-09-2012, 07:01 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Default What do they do with the farm animals in Colonial Williamsburg during a storm?

I'm curious about all the farm animals in Colonial Williamsburg, since the property is in the central part of town. What do they do with the animals during a storm? Have they ever escaped and been found wandering into the neighborhoods (I can picture a few sheep poking their heads into open mic night at Aromas....) Do the locals know the animals by name and think of them as local pets (or pests, maybe?)
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Old 05-09-2012, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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That's a good question. But many of them are rare breeds, and quite valuable. So, I think the keepers would keep them corralled.
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:27 AM
 
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I don't recall seeing modern animal pens, but surely they must have something for them, especially during bad storms like Hurricane Irene.
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Newport News, VA
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This does not answer the OPs question, but it provides some info.

Coach and Livestock : The Colonial Williamsburg Official History Site

I suspect you can email this department & someone there can answer the question.
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Old 05-16-2012, 10:22 AM
 
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By the way, here are a few shots of the local critters. Seeing them is my favorite part of "walking the D.O.G." I can just imagine how ridiculously cute it was when all the lambs were born and gamboling about.





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Old 05-16-2012, 09:38 PM
 
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There's certainly no need for a zoo when you live in Williamsburg with small kids. They seem to reserve certain paddocks for certain animals - you'll never see sheep in that field between B&N and Matthew Whaley, for example, they are either over behind the enslaved church or on that back street with the stone fence. The animals are put in barns at night, and during snowy weather. One of the guys building the new foundry was telling me one day that although colonial style buildings are a lot heavier than modern buildings they still have to obey laws like bolting them to their foundations.
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