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On History’s Path

Round Pond in the mid-1900s, when it was available for town recreation area use …

That was when the Lions Club had assumed responsibilities for the area, and the swimming, fishing and picnicking were good.  

The kids of Amenia, at least, had a chance to swim in their town, plus learn how to do so. There were ultimately a changing area, a sand beach and a diving raft. There was also a picnic area. The recreation program transported residents by bus while others drove and parked there. 

The views up and down Depot Hill Road

It was a real farm road in its day — when the families of William Murphy and Joseph McEnroe lived on the top of Depot Hill Road in the early-to-mid 1900s. Murphy had a family farm and McEnroe was in the Amenia town government. They lived near each other and could see across to DeLavergne Hill as Depot Hill Road went downhill to the old Amenia-Wassaic Road. It was a great view, as was the DeLavergne Hill view from the other direction. But more changes are in effect now, as the 21st century blooms.