This small lake, in the center of Wakefield, MA, was critical to the Wampanoag and Penacook people, long before the British Puritans came to the area. Wakefield, however, was established here, as Lynn Village, in 1638, because of the Mill River and Lake Quannipowitt. The town was renamed, for Cyrus Wakefield, a furniture maker and town benefactor, in 1868.
On Labor Day, my brother, Glenn, and I walked the trail around the lake. Of course, we started at the gazebo, on the Town Green.
Here is the Congregationalist Church.
Next to the church, and with its back to the lake, is the James Hartshorne House.
This structure is a former home for a cemetery caretaker.
Look carefully, and you will see a whooping crane.
This is the Wakefield branch of Gingerbread Construction Company.
That, my friends, is how I spent a good part of Labor Day.