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Butler Pond history final

Butler Pond history final

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    Butler’s Pond in Quincy  
An incomplete history   
“At Mare-mount there was a water (by me discovered) that is most excellentfor the cure of Melancholly probatum”
 Thomas Morton “new English Canaan” circa 1630
      
   Research compiled and presentedby Tom Scott
 
 2Map  1 – Butler’s Pond  1877
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Hand drawn map from the Whitfield Collection courtesy of Quincy Historical Society. The Pond is located justabove the centre of the map and has a tree on a small island in the middle
 
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Index
 Index ............................................................................................................................................... 3Introduction..................................................................................................................................... 5Acknowledgements......................................................................................................................... 6Acronyms and abbreviations used in this report............................................................................. 6Chapter 1......................................................................................................................................... 9The formation of Butler’s Pond...................................................................................................... 9Chapter 2....................................................................................................................................... 10History of Settlement and Ownership of Butler’s Pond............................................................... 10Pre colonial era -Butler’s Pond and Native Americans............................................................ 10The colonial period................................................................................................................... 11Post Independence .................................................................................................................... 12Butler’s Pond in Public and Private Ownership ....................................................................... 13Settlement History around Butler’s Pond 1857 – 1907............................................................ 15Map 2 - Area surrounding Butler’s Pond 1857 .................................................................... 15Photograph 1 - Butler’s Pond 1880....................................................................................... 16Map 3 - Area surrounding Butler’s Pond 1888..................................................................... 17Map 4 Area surrounding Butler’s Pond 1897....................................................................... 18Map 5 Area surrounding Butlers Pond 1907........................................................................ 19Chapter 3....................................................................................................................................... 20The Social and Educational Importance of Butler’s Pond............................................................ 20Skating on Thin Ice................................................................................................................... 20The “Battle” of Butler’s Pond................................................................................................... 21Photograph 2 - Butler’s Pond 1938....................................................................................... 21Opening Skirmishes and an Uneasy Peace........................................................................... 21Maintaining Peace................................................................................................................. 23Hostilities Resumed.............................................................................................................. 24An offer they couldn’t refuse?.............................................................................................. 26Photograph 3 Butler’s Pond.................................................................................................. 27Peace Reigns......................................................................................................................... 28Flora and fauna ......................................................................................................................... 28Chapter 4....................................................................................................................................... 30Efforts to Clean, Maintain and Preserve the Natural Habitat....................................................... 30Health Warning......................................................................................................................... 30Fighting Against Nature............................................................................................................ 30Under Private Ownership.......................................................................................................... 30Bequeathed to the City.............................................................................................................. 31First Assessment of the State of the Pond................................................................................. 31The Butler’s Pond restoration project....................................................................................... 32Into the long grass..................................................................................................................... 35School lessons learned?............................................................................................................ 36Figure 1 A sketch of the stonework as designed by Waterflowers................................. 37Judgement Days........................................................................................................................ 39(i) Sweetheart of the rodeo?.................................................................................................. 39(ii) Don’t get aerated............................................................................................................. 40Sage advice............................................................................................................................... 42Sources of support and analysis................................................................................................ 44Concluding thoughts..................................................................................................................... 45Appendix 1 Full text of Newspaper articles relating to this report................................... 46

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