070613 The Great Sheep Boom and Its Enduring Legacy on the NH Landscape (433)

MOULTONBOROUGH — Former state Agricultural Commissioner Steve Taylor will give a talk "The Great Sheep Boom and Its Enduring Legacy on the NH Landscape" on Wednesday, July 10, sponsored by the Lakes Region Conservation Trust, in partnership with the New Hampshire Humanities Council.
In a brief 30-year period in the early 19th century the New Hampshire countryside became home to hundreds of thousands of sheep. Production of wool became a lucrative business, generating fortunes and providing the only time of true agricultural prosperity in the state's history. It left behind a legacy of fine architecture and thousands of miles of rugged stonewalls. During this morning presentation, Steve Taylor will discuss how farmers overcame enormous challenges to make sheep husbandry succeed, the forces from beyond New Hampshire which led to the demise of the industry, and the social consequences that lasted a century.
The program will take place in the upstairs of the Carriage House at the Castle in the Clouds beginning at 9 a.m. The program will conclude at 10:30 am. This program is open to all and there is no preregistration required. As with all LRCT programs, the property is accessed via Ossipee Park Road. All LRCT educational programs and guided excursions are free to all. For additional information about the program, or to request directions, contact LRCT at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 253-3301.
For those interested in viewing historic landscape features first-hand, there will be a guided excursion following the presentation. This outdoor program will be limited to 30 participants and preregistration is required. Contact LRCT (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 253-3301) to reserve a spot. During the walk, Steve Taylor and LRCT's Property Adopter Larry DeGeorge will lead participants on trails within LRCT's Castle in the Clouds Conservation Area and share some of the history of this landscape with participants. Additional detailed information about the outdoor portion of the program will be provided to those who preregister.
Steve Taylor is an independent scholar, farmer, journalist, and longtime public official. He operates a dairy and maple farm in Meriden Village and served for a quarter century as NH's Commissioner of Agriculture. He was also the first Executive Director of the NH Humanities Council and is a lifelong student of the state's rural culture.
The 5,381-acre Castle in the Clouds Conservation Area was acquired by the Lakes Region Conservation Trust in 2002 and encompasses over 30 miles of trails stewarded by dedicated LRCT volunteers. LRCT has conserved over 22,000 acres throughout the Lakes Region in more than 120 properties. LRCT's conservation work preserves community character, conserves critical wildlife habitat and diverse ecosystems, protects natural landmarks and scenic landscapes, and provides recreational opportunities for people of all ages.