The historic images in Candlewood Lake illustrate the history of the lake basin from its beginnings to the present day.
At the turn of the century, the Rocky River valley was a quiet, productive farming community nestled in the foothills of Connecticut's Berkshire Mountains. On July 15, 1926, the Connecticut Light and Power Company's board of directors approved a plan to create a lake for the purpose of producing electric power, a decision that changed the face of the valley forever. Plans moved quickly, and the company bought the valley land and built several dams to contain the water. On February 25, 1928, the fill-up began, and in a mere seven months, Candlewood Lake was born.
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For more than thirty years, the Candlewood Lake Authority has overseen the water quality and safety of this man-made body of water. Susan Murphy and Gary Smolen have compiled Candlewood Lake in celebration of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the lake's creation. Royalties from the sale of the book will benefit the Candlewood Lake Authority.