The History of Big Alum Lake

Chapter 7

East Cottage

In 1896 or 1897, there were two little plain-board shacks in the midst of a grove on Big Alum's west shore.  In the early 1900's Samuel Bemis built his first real cottage close to the dam and gatehouse through which the Pond emptied.  There was a little beach at this spot and Grandpa Bemis let the Baptists use it for their fresh water immersions.  (Dr. Samuel Bemis)  A few years later, he added the Middle Cottage and the East Cottage about a hundred yards apart with the intent of renting them out to summer visitors who came by horse and buggy from Southbridge, Worcester and Springfield.

A "Clam Bake Party" at Big Alum Pond, July 25, 1897!

The Cottages