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East Meadow

East Meadow
Beginnings: Although there is no meadow left in East Meadow, its name accurately describes what it once was - the portion of the Hempstead Plains east of the Meadow Brook, which ran through the plains before a parkway took its place. Surveyor Thomas Langdon reported to the 1655 Hempstead Town meeting that the east meadow was suitable for grazing, and three years later cattle took up residence there. Wolves prevented sheep-pasturing there until settlers exterminated them in the early 1700s. By the end of the century 14,000 sheep grazed on the plains, supplying much of the young nation's wool.
Photo: Cross country skiing at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow (Newsday / Karen Wiles Stabile)
Beginnings: Although there is no meadow left in East Meadow, its name accurately describes what it once was - the portion of the Hempstead Plains east of the Meadow Brook, which ran through the plains before a parkway took its place. Surveyor Thomas Langdon reported to the 1655 Hempstead Town meeting that the east meadow was suitable for grazing, and three years later cattle took up residence there. Wolves prevented sheep-pasturing there until settlers exterminated them in the early 1700s. By the end of the century 14,000 sheep grazed on the plains, supplying much of the young nation's wool.
Photo: Cross country skiing at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow (Newsday / Karen Wiles Stabile)
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