Pond History

This material is under development, but please browse and enjoy it as it develops.  If you have material that might be of value in this section, please contact  Dave SpencerJohn LaRosa,  Rusty Reader or Jon Desilets.  Also if you have comments or suggestions, please give them to any of the above people as well. 

If you haven't read Marion Proudfoot's "Camping at Groton Pond" (see Documents), you will enjoy it.  If you read it years ago, you will enjoy reading it again.



Date Highlights    


1873: M & WR Railroad line completed


1883: Forest fire of 2000 acres around the Pond


1908: Forest fire on east side of pond behind Plainfield Camp (Camp #9)


1931: Town built road to south end of lake from Ricker's Mill


1934: Forest Road (Rte 232) and small Stillwater campground & picnic area built by the CCC


1938: Hurricane


1947: Electricity to the north end


1956: Last train through the forest


1959: Construction of road around the north end


1961: Boulder Beach opened


1965: Telephone to most of pond (Molly's Pond Telephone Co.)


1966: Concrete dam built by state - raised water a couple of feet


For more dates of Pond related events, click here.



         Camp Histories




         Logging Era

         Other (cutting ice, association events)

We are trying to give credit to where Groton Pond History material comes from.  If we omit a source that you know of, please let us know.