Why you might ask, do I continually obsess about Candlewood Lake?

Four reasons: sunsets, cocktails, dinner cruises, and lake buddies. Having a party barge on the lake during the summer months, even though it costs a truckload of cash to maintain and store during the winter months, just knowing it's sitting in its own private slip at New Fairfield Town Park waiting for my wife and I anytime an 80-degree sunny day should appear makes us feel relaxed. It's my version of yoga.

I invite you to check out my five Candlewood Lake posts by simply clicking on the titles.

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    THE TOWN THAT STILL RESTS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE LAKE

    On the New Milford side of Candlewood Lake in a cove off to the right before you reach Lyn Deming Town Park there once was a town named Jerusalem that rested at the bottom of the lake.

    The people of Jerusalem weren't about to give up their town to CL&P even though they were aware they would soon be lying under 50 feet of water, which is why there are still remnants of farm tools and actual full standing barns that were never torn down. Read all about it by clicking on the title.

     

     

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    WHAT GOT LEFT BEHIND WHEN CANDLEWOOD LAKE WAS BORN IN 1928

    This Candlewood Lake article dives into greater historical detail of what was left behind. Roads had to be relocated and bodies had to be disinterred and re-buried.

    You'll find the exact location of where the town of Jerusalem is located along with how much money workers were paid to dig up the dead and then re-bury them elsewhere. There is also a photo of the Orchard Point Bridge captured by divers.

    The bridge was never dismantled before the deluge of water began in 1928. Today the Orchard Point Bridge no longer remains standing due to its disintegration.

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    A 1951 AMPHIBIOUS AIRCRAFT LANDS IN CANDLEWOOD LAKE AND BOATERS GO BANANAS

    You would have thought that Superman came flying in for a day on the lake! You could hear the sound of its two huge prop engines as it approached from the northern tip of the lake.

    At first, it looked like a WW II bomber as it began descending towards the surface of the water. It was a spectacular sight to behold. We were out for an afternoon on the lake as we saw it land, we just couldn't see where.

    As we cruised past Candlewood Shores, I looked to my right and there it was anchored off Pine Island surrounded by around a dozen surprised boaters.

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    MY COLLECTION OF LAKE PHOTOS

    Every once in a while as I whip out my iPhone to snap yet another lake photo, my wife, Mindy will playfully ask, "Do you really need another sunset photo?"

    The 'want' always outweighs the 'need' when it comes to my photographs of Candlewood Lake. What else can I say except, I love to share my photos. Take a look if you'd like by clicking this link.

     

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    TRUTH OR LEGEND, WAS ANYONE LEFT BEHIND?

    The hundreds of residents that lived in the Rocky River Valley before it was flooded to make way for Candlewood Lake were given plenty of warning by CL&P. The company also paid fair market value for the resident's property.

    Not everyone thought that flooding the river valley was a wise idea and some refused to leave as the valley was inundated with millions of gallons of water. Are they the lost souls of Candlewood Lake?

    Many urban legends abound about what happened to the residents who refused to believe that the river valley was actually going to be flooded to make way for Connecticut's largest lake. If you're a history buff and would like to take a deeper look into the origin of this beautiful man-made lake, click on candlewoodlakeauthority.org.