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Sheep to Shawl, Part 1: Processing the Wool

In this multi-episode presentation, Candiss Cowan discusses the value of fabric in Colonial America. In the North, clothing was made out of "homespun" wool and the quality of the fabric was based on the breed of sheep.
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First, the wool had to be shorn, gathered, and cleaned. This was generally an indoor winter activity while no other work could be done in the barn or fields.

You can also watch this series on our YouTube channel.

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Meet RHS Intern, Antonia ten Holder

It’s January. The days are long yet short, and the prospect of spring is still many months away. But at the Ridgefield Historical Society, there is a definite energy and

Scott House Journal, January 2023

This edition of the Scott House Journal includes Jack Sanders’ recommendations on what items are worth saving to help future historians provide an accurate view of the past; as well

Picks from the Archive: Rob Orr

In this “Picks from the Archive,” Ridgefield Historical Society volunteer, Rob Orr, shares some of the resources he used to learn more about his home and its history.

Scott House Journal, October 2022

This edition of the Scott House Journal includes stories on the inaugural Witness Stones installation in Ridgefield at the David Scott House, also the Historical Society headquarters; and a wonderful

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