Celebrate spring on the farm April 18 at Watkins Woolen Mill State Park and State Historic Site

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Volume 37-081 For Immediate Release: March 31, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., -- Celebrate the arrival of spring at the "Spring on the Farm" event Saturday, April 18, at Watkins Woolen Mill State Park and State Historic Site in Lawson.  Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Spring has arrived at the Watkins farm, and a day of fun and learning is planned to celebrate its arrival. This is a great opportunity for you to get your mind off of today's hassles and step back into a slower, simpler time. Witness 1870s-style sheep sheering and enjoy the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy's display of endangered livestock. Take a stroll through the heirloom garden while 1870s-attired interpreters prepare the raised beds and plant vegetable seeds saved from last year's heirloom plants. The Watkins house, Franklin Academy schoolhouse and Mt. Vernon church will also be open to the public free of charge.  Tours of the woolen mill will be offered at a reduced fee of $1.50 for adults and 75 cents for children between six and 12 years of age.

Watkins Woolen Mill State Park and State Historic Site is 1,500 acres dedicated to interpreting Bethany Plantation, the 19th century landholdings of Waltus Locket Watkins.  The site features Watkins Woolen Mill, the Watkins home and outbuildings, a visitor center, a 100-acre lake, camping, picnic areas and a paved bicycle trail. On weekends during the summer months, the site features a Living History Farm Program. The historic site is located off Interstate 35, seven miles east on Highway 92 and one mile north on Highway RA.

For more information, contact the historic site at 816-580-3387 or the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For more information about Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit www.mostateparks.com