Sherwood Island kiosk
Looking across the Willowemoc Creek towards the Livingston Manor Central School you are looking at what was once called Sherwood Island Park. The “island” was formed by the Willowemoc Creek in the front and by water diverted from the creek to the back of the island to power Sherwood’s turning mill, a grist mill and a cider mill.
People attending the events had the opportunity to take part in many activities.
“...there will be everything you can imagine for amusement, a ball game between two good clubs, dancing afternoon and evening, splendid music, a dancing pavilion that accommodates two hundred couples, a merry-go-round and, say, a game of football between clubs from the northern part of the state composed entirely of young ladies...”
- Liberty Register August 7, 1891
From the mid 1800’s through the early 1900’s Sherwood Island Park hosted many events. These included the O&W Conductors’ Clambakes, fairs sponsored by the Agricultural Society of the Town of Rockland, Fourth of July celebrations, amateur shows put on by local organizations, horse races, sporting events, concerts and dances. Other activities included tub races, running races, sack races, putting the shot, climbing a greased pole and trying your luck on gambling devices and nickel-in-the-slot machines.