Heritage Breed Animals
At Popes Creek Plantation, the Washington family would have relied on a wide variety of livestock to provide labor, food, and necessary items for the family.
When the Wakefield National Memorial Association was assisting the National Park Service in setting up the park in the early 1930s, they decided to bring "heritage breed" livestock to the park. Heritage breed livestock were animals descended from the stock the Washingtons would have used here. Some of the varieties brought here were Ossawaw Hogs, Hog Island Sheep, and Red Devon Cattle. Even today, the park still has a variety of these heritage breeds for you to experience in your visit to the park.
Last updated: July 23, 2019