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Slater's Sheep Community Art Project

A public art project to support the Samuel Slater Experience.

Opened in Webster in March 2022, the museum brings to life the local history of the American Industrial Revolution with immersive exhibits, featuring hi-tech video, motion, and sound.

That history includes some of the country’s first woolen mills, established in Webster two hundred years ago.

That’s where the sheep come in.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Samuel Slater’s claim to fame in America is his implementation of the first successful water-powered cotton spinning jennies and contribution to textile manufacturing. But he also built one of the nation’s first woolen mills in Webster, and a sheep symbolizes that achievement. (We also thought that painting a sheep would be more fun than painting a bobbin of yarn.)

The sheep sculpture is life-sized, 30.5” high, 40” long, and 19” wide. It weighs 30 pounds. The weighted cement base to which it will be secured for display is 36” x 26” x 4.”

When properly painted and coated, the sculpture can last up to 15 years.

There are several being painted that we hope will join the flock this summer 2024. Due to the excitement of this initial wave of sheep, we purchased five more! We are looking for sponsors for these sheep, so if you are interested, please reach out.

If you are interested in sponsoring a sheep, please reach out to for more information.

Sheep in the News

January/February 2024 Newsletter

Happy New Year! From our family to yours, we hope you had a great holiday season and start to 2024. SSE In the News We recently welcomed Levan Reid from WBZ’s “It Happens Here” for a segment on the museum, which aired on January 9.

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November/December 2023 Newsletter

Upcoming Events Upcoming Presentations and Events We have several presentations and events coming up in November and December. Click on the images below to learn more about each event and to register. Slatersville Screening with Filmmaker Q & A: Join us for a screening of

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Webster, MA 01570


Friday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday: Noon – 4 p.m.

Latest Admission is 3 p.m.

Average tour time: 1.5 hours

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