Vermont's Merino Sheep Boom

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Vermont's Merino Sheep Boom

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Charlotte, Vt. This tool was used in small and large scale wool production to separate the wool from the sheep before the invention of the electric shearer.

East Shoreham, Vt. In 1840, there were more Merino sheep in Vermont than humans — a total of 1,681,819 sheep.

By the 1830s, Vermont had as many as 80 textile mills in order to keep up with Merino wool production.

Esther Munroe Swift writes: “This is a good example of what much of Vermont looked like after the sheep craze had ended and much of the land could not support any crops because of the over-grazing by the sheep.”

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Photos: UVM Special Collections
Woodcut: UVM Special Collections
Sheep Shearers: Windy Corner Farm

Date

Photos and Woodcut [1830-1900]
Sheep Shearers

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Danville, VT
Shoreham, VT
Charlotte, VT
VT

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MerinoCollage1.jpg
Fields1.jpg
7x3.6sheep003.jpg
8.5x4.5fieldphotosmerino2.jpg
4.5x3.3danville_mill003.jpg

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“Vermont's Merino Sheep Boom,” Omeka@CTL, accessed June 4, 2020, http://ctl.w3.uvm.edu/omeka/items/show/1828.

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