Sheep Scene, Genesee Valley Park, Rochester NY

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Title

Sheep Scene, Genesee Valley Park, Rochester NY

Description

South Park, later taking its current name of Genesee Valley Park, was one of the last designed by the landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted prior to his retirement. Work began in 1888, and in 1893 he suggested keeping a flock of sheep on its west side to evoke a pastoral mood and to keep the grass mowed. Flocks of sheep weren't uncommon at the time; the Sheep Field in Olmsted's central park started the trend in 1863, but the also were grazed in Brooklyn's Prospect Park, Franklin Park in Boston, Druid Hill Park in Baltimore, and Washington Park in Chicago.

The sheep didn't remain for long, however, because in 1899 the pasture was converted into a golf course that still is in operation today alongside the Genesee River.

Creator

Unknown

Date

1914

Contributor

Cooper, Ken

Source

Courtesy Ken Cooper

Format

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Type

Postcard

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Original Format

Postcard

Physical Dimensions

3.5 x 5 in.