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Bullough’s Pond

Guidebook Section: Central

Location

 

Get here by MBTA:
Route 59
Directions from Green Line

Other maps and aerial photos:
Bing
Newton Assessor

Nearby:
Newton Cemetery
Edmands Park

Overview

Walk around the lake, or sit on a bench and watch the ducks. A dredging completed in 1992 was intended to slow down the eutrophication process that’s common in shallow, man-made ponds, especially those in highly developed areas.

Size: 9 acres

Longest Walk: 0.6 miles

Owner & Administrator Websites


Photo Gallery

History

1664

John Spring built a dam for a grist mill on Smelt Brook (now Laundry Brook), creating the mill pond.

1880s

Pond was briefly renamed Silver Lake and used for harvesting ice, stored in an icehouse on the riverbank and delivered to Newton homes in summer.

1897

Pond landscaped for residential development, including construction of roads along the north and east shores. Dam was replaced with concrete.

1920s

Dredging of the pond led to the formation of thicker ice in the winter, making the pond popular for ice skating.

1980s and 1990s

Climate change made the pond unsafe for ice skating, despite more dredging in 1992.

2000

Publication of Reflections in Bullough’s Pond by Diana Muir, a commentary on how the pond, like much of New England, has been fashioned by humans. The Boston Globe called it “an extraordinary book, a combination of polemic and all-encompassing scholarship.”

2017

The warming shed formerly used by ice skaters was demolished.

Bullough’s Pond Map


 

Features

Historic Site, Ice Skating, Picnic Tables, Pond, Scenic View
 

Additional Information

Newton Assessor’s Map ID: 24037 0010

Advocates & Caretakers:

Bullough’s Pond Association
P.O. Box 600669
Newtonville, MA 02460

 

 

 

Other Information:

A Deep History: Bullough’s Pond, by Allison Carter (Newton Patch)

Fair to mark 350 years at Bullough’s Pond (Newton Tab)

Birding reports

King’s Handbook of Newton (1889)

“On a dreamy day of Indian summer, one can hardly choose a lovelier rambling-ground than these voiceless solitudes about Bullough’s Pond, amid the scarlet glories of the barberries and sumachs, the vivid gold of the witch hazel, the pyrola’s pale green, the wild cherry’s orange and crimson, the oak’s sprays of fiery glow, the deep green of the bittersweet, the sombre shadows of the evergreens.”

1990 study of restoring the pond

A scene in the 2008 movie The Women was filmed at Bullough’s Pond.

Wikipedia

 

Fall at Bullough’s Pond (detail), by Mary Beth Maisel
Bullough’s Pond, by Gene Mackles
Bullough’s Pond, by Ellen Foust