This peaceful 15-acre pond serves as the far west boundary of the Old Rifle Range. The pond was originally named Hayward’s Pond for the family that built it by damming the Second Division Brook about 1850. Thoreau’s journals refer to it as a mill pond, but it is known to have been used by the Concord Ice Company and a Mr. Forbes for harvesting ice
John and Elsie Kennedy, who operated the South Bridge Boat House in the 1950s, purchased it from Mr. Forbes for use in demonstrating boats.
In 1975, the U. S. Geological Survey changed the name to Kennedy’s Pond, recognizing the family’s use of the pond and surrounding land as a community summer camp in the 1950s
Old Rifle Range Trail Guide
The United States is one of the most diverse countries on earth, jam packed full of amazing sights from St. Patrick's cathedral in New York to Mount Hollywood California.The Northeast region is where it all started. Thirteen British colonies fought the American Revolution from here and won their independence in the first successful colonial rebellion in history. Take a look at these rolling hills carpeted with foliage along the Hudson river here, north of New York City.The American south is known for its polite people and slow pace of life. Probably they move slowly because it's so hot. Southerners tend not to trust people from "up north" because they talk too fast. Here's a cemetery in Georgia where you can find graves of soldiers from the Civil War.The West Coast is sort of like another country that exists to make the east coast jealous. California is full of nothing but grizzly old miners digging for gold, a few gangster rappers, and then actors. That is to say, the West Coast functions as the imagination of the US, like a weird little brother who teases everybody then gets famous for making freaky art.The central part of the country is flat farmland all the way over to the Rocky Mountains. Up in the northwest corner you can find creative people in places like Portland and Seattle, along with awesome snowboarding and good beer. Text by Steve Smith.