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rnrnAbout 200 years ago, a flock of sheep was established on HogrnIsland, one of Virginia's barrier islands located off its Eastern Shore. Thernsheep were already native to the area and are believed to have had arnsubstantial amount of Merino blood in them. There were occasional subsequentrnintroductions to the population, the last being in 1953, when a Hampshire ramrnwas taken to the island. In 1974, the island was sold to The NaturernConservancy, which decided to remove all the sheep and cattle.rn

rnGunston Hall Plantation in Fairfax County, Virginia,rneventually became the owner of the greater number of these sheep and exhibitedrnthem as part of their replication of 18th century plantation life. Hog Islandrnsheep evolved and survived for over 200 years in an extremely harsh environmentrnon a limited diet and no medical attention. It is estimated that there arernapproximately 200 Hog Island breeding ewes, mostly in Virginia.rnrn



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