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I met a few, maybe dozen of sheep grazing and relaxing at the George Washington: Pioneer Farmer site in Mount Vernon. I got to know that it's a very rare breed (less than 200 are in existence!) called Hog Island Sheep. The sheep had black head and white or brown rest of the body.
The name of the breed originates from Hog Island, a 17th Century English settlement, one of Virginia's barrier islands located off its Eastern Shore. George Washington owned between 600 and 1,000 sheep. They were source of wool and meat: lamb and mutton for all who lived and worked at Mount Vernon. They also trimmed yards and fields and their manure was used as fertilizer.
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