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Behind the Fence—The Sheep Meadow

Thousands sunbath where sheep once grazed.

In 1934, Robert Moses had the sheep removed from Sheep Meadow, under the guise of health reasons. This ended the presence of sheep in Central Park after 60 years.

The sheep and a shepherd were housed in a fanciful Victorian building - part of what once was the Tavern on the Green restaurant – on the western perimeter of the Park.

Twice a day the shepherd stopped traffic on the west drive so that the flock could travel to and from their meadow.

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