Milton Ponds’ First Pond


In the years after Yarmouth’s settlement, Milton Ponds was the name given to a stream of three ponds that drained into the north end of Yarmouth Harbour, just below the site of today’s Milton dam. Originally those ponds were numbered (from south to north) the First, Second, and Third Ponds; after flooding caused by dam construction, they grew from ponds into lakes; and today we know them as Lake Milo, Second Lake, and Doctor’s Lake.

Milton Ponds has had social, economic, and recreational impacts on Yarmouth, both town and municipality. As the first leg of a natural route from Yarmouth north to Lake George, it encouraged the settlements of Dayton, Hebron, and then South Ohio; and the damming of the stream not only provided water power for agricultural or industrial purposes, it created bodies of water that could be used for recreation and be developed for tourism.

These images have to do with recreation and tourism in the vicinity of First Pond from the 1880s to the 1940s. They feature scenes of Pond Road (and its street cars), Murphy’s Bridge, Lakeside Park, and the Lakeside Inn.


    [1] I thank archivist Lisette Gaudet, of the Yarmouth County Museum and Archives, for providing access to the photographs and archival material concerning the Milton Ponds. All photographs labeled Yarmouth County Museum and Archives (YCMA) are copyrighted. Please contact the Archives if you would like to acquire a photo.

    [2] I am grateful to Wilfred Allan for permitting me to display digital images of his postcards.

William Day (1 March 2014)