Friday, November 18, 2016
Did they have sheep in the 18th century?
It was a lovely day out at Mt Vernon a week or so ago. The crowds were thin, the weather cool and clear. I had a nice long walk. I always stop to say HI! to our friends the sheep. I was walking away from one of the pens and a young family was coming the other way. The daddy asked, is there anything to see? I replied, why yes, the sheep our out in the sun. He replied, did they have sheep in the 18th century?
Yes they did. Sheep are one of the oldest domesticated herd animals in mankind. The variety varies and includes goat (in my opinion inferior animals) but shepherding is one of the oldest forms of agriculture and existed pretty much any place there were humans. Sheep provide, fiber, milk, and meat.
I realized something while I was walking about, I can tell what kind of animals are in the pen, by the smell of the manure. I am sure that talent will serve me well someday.
I enjoy historic farming exhibits. Mt Vernon has a nice one. I'd like to see more demonstration and narration. Perhaps while I am in Kentucky I will venture out to Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill.
What is your reaction to agriculture?