Verona Park Lake Turns 200


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An early hockey game on Verona Park Lake.
An early hockey game on Verona Park Lake.
Please join the Verona Public Library in celebrating the 200th anniversary of Verona Lake on Tuesday, November 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jack Foley meeting room.

Local Historian Robert L. Williams will present the story of Verona Lake through stories passed down to him and through photos of the lake as it has appeared over the past century.

Verona Lake was created as a mill pond by local Dr. Christian Bone, who is credited with establishing the first mill. After the Civil War and through the ingenuity of Yankee Civil War Captain Hiram Cook, a portion of the east shore was developed into a “picnic and pleasure grounds.” It quickly became a favorite spot of local residents and church groups and at the turn of the 20th century, was developed by the Verona Lake and Park Association. During their tenure, the lake took on national fame hosting amateur champion speed skating tournaments. In the summer months, it became the host to the annual Grange Picnic which drew thousands of people.

The annual Grange Picnic drew a big crowd.
The annual Grange Picnic drew a big crowd.

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