Farmstead Welcomes Four New Lambs

In August 2021, Washington Crossing Historic Park will welcome four new lambs to the Thompson-Neely Farmstead. Donated by Willow Brook Farms, the new lambs (three males and one female) are Leicester Longwools: an English breed developed in the 18th century and found in George Washington’s flock at Mount Vernon.

We expect to welcome the new lambs to the Thompson-Neely Farmstead in mid-August. You can help us support these new lambs (and any sheep in our flock) through our Sponsor a Sheep program.

Meet the New Lambs

Thank you to everyone who voted for their favorite names for the new lambs! More than 440 votes were tallied, and the winning names are Hannah, Hugh, Knox and Nathanael.

Hannah is named for Hannah Thompson, wife of miller Robert Thompson. She built the Thompson-Neely House and the Thompson-Neely Grist Mill with her first spouse, John Simpson.

Hugh is named for Scottish physician and close friend of Washington, Brigadier General Hugh Mercer. He was mortally wounded at the Battle of Princeton and lingered for several days under the care of Dr. Benjamin Rush before succumbing on January 12, 1777.

Knox is named for Major General Henry Knox, an accomplished general who ultimately served as the first Secretary of War under President Washington. He was in charge of the artillery for the Continental Army and was put in charge of orchestrating the crossing.

Nathanael is named for Major General Nathanael Greene, who was considered one of Washington’s most trusted military subordinates. In a letter to Congress, Washington described Greene as “a Gentleman in whom I place the most intire confidence.” Washington ordered him to get Durham boats and “flats” (ferries) to McConkey’s Ferry for the crossing.

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