9780738563688

Crystal Lake, Tolland County, (Ct)

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  • ISBN13:

    9780738563688

  • ISBN10:

    0738563684

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-04-13
  • Publisher: Arcadia Pub
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Summary

Crystal Lake lies between the towns of Tolland and Stafford on a five-mile-long triangular strip of land extending from the northeastern corner of Ellington. Attracted by the lake's sandy shore surrounded by forests of oak, chestnut, pine, and maple, early families of settlers called the lake Square Pond. In the 1890s, Crystal Lake became a destination resort. Its popularity extended through the advent of the interurban trolley and Depression-era auto trippers who stayed in the lake's hotels, cottages, and roadside tourist cabins. In the 1930s, the Sandy Beach Ballroom attracted the big bands of Duke Ellington, Guy Lombardo, and Cab Calloway. The ballroom also served as a roller-skating rink where young people from Ellington, Stafford, Rockville, and surrounding towns spent their leisure hours. Today Crystal Lake remains a popular getaway for fishing, swimming, and boating.

Author Biography

Lynn Kloter Fahy, a member of the Crystal Lake Historical Society and a librarian at Trinity College in Hartford, is the author of Ellington. The vintage photographs in Crystal Lake, Tolland County have been compiled primarily from private collections, and many have never before been published.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 6
Introductionp. 7
The Wabbaquasset Mountain Homep. 9
Methodism Flourishesp. 27
Hotels and Roadside Cabinsp. 35
Rau's Pavilion and the Markertsp. 45
Winter on the Lakep. 55
West Shore and Surdel'sp. 63
Wind in the Sailsp. 79
Jimmy'sp. 89
The Townp. 97
Sandy Beachp. 111
Bibliographyp. 126
Indexp. 127
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