We’re 1.2 miles down a dead end dirt road on Rust Pond in Wolfeboro, NH. Unlike larger lakes, there is minimal boat traffic on the pond so you can swim and relax without being bombarded with wakes and noise. It’s a great place to paddle. At night you can hear the loons calling. It’s a little bit like heaven. Although it’s called a pond, it’s 1.5 miles long and 3/4 of a mile wide. The water is crystal clear, and we’re blessed with a sandy bottom (no weeds).
Before the coming of the white settlers, the natives referred to the pond as Win-nebos-e-kek, a translation of which means “at the place where the water flows out of the pond” (source: Indian Heritage Of New Hampshire And Northern New England by Thaddeus M. Piotrowski). Old maps show a native village on the northeast shore, and the remains of a dugout canoe found on the bottom of the pond in the 1950’s sits across town in the Libby Museum. The modern name of Rust Pond comes from Colonel Henry Rust. In 1757 he was granted 600 acres of land by King George II of England that he developed into a farm.
Across the dirt road is a huge, undeveloped area criss-crossed with hiking/biking trails and old logging roads. You can hike, bike, snowshoe or ski from our location to Copplecrown, Tumbledown Dick and Moose Mountains. A favorite hike is along the ridge of Jack Mountain. Many of the trails are ATV and snowmobile friendly.
Wolfeboro is known as the oldest summer resort in America. Before the American revolution, the colonial governor had a summer house on nearby Lake Wentworth. We’re 3 miles from downtown Wolfeboro, which as two grocery stores, a health food store, a variety of restaurants and shopping. Although we’re only 3 miles from downtown, it feels like a different world surrounded by nature, tall white pines and quiet breezes coming off the lake.
We’re an easy 2 hour drive from downtown Boston, an hour from Portsmouth NH and the seacoast, and an hour from Conway and the White Mountains.