What’s with the gigantic goose? it’s because Mansfield had the world’s largest goose farm!
Each spring, in the mid 1800s, up to 25,000 the young geese from Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Rhode Island and western U.S. would arrive in big boxcars at the freight house. The whole town would come out the help herd the youngsters in a large parade to the Austin Goose Farm. Many schools and businesses would close for this annual event.
George Austin’s Austin Goose Farm also handled 12,000 ducks and 14,000 hens and chicks! This was an important industry for Mansfield.
Austin Goose Farm, East Mansfield c.1925, "largest goose farm on earth." Now Goose, Gander, Down & Frederic Lane. pic.twitter.com/yGn1JvDZCi
— Mansfield Historical (@mansfieldhist) August 12, 2014