Middlebury in New Haven County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
Lake Quassapaug Station
—Town of Middlebury Greenway 2005 —
The picture was taken in 1910. it was common for trolley companies to build and operate recreation facilities to provide a passenger base for the line. The Amusement Park was such a place. During the era, amusements consisted of fishing, bowling, billiards, dancing, and swings. Patrons also were able to purchase a ticket for a steamboat ride around the lake.
In the area that is now the Little League complex, a turning loop was located. This allowed the trolley cars to reverse direction without going to the end of the line.
The trolley line extended to Woodbury and Hotchkissville.
Erected 2005 by Town of Middlebury.
Location. 41° 31.511′ N, 73° 9.102′ W. Marker is in Middlebury, Connecticut, in New Haven County. Marker is at the intersection of Middlebury Road (Connecticut Route 64) and Christian Road, on the left when traveling west on Middlebury Road. Touch for map. Located next to the Little League fields, across from the entrance to Lake Quassapaug Amusement Park. Marker is in this post office area: Middlebury CT 06762, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Trolley (approx. half a Bissel's Store, Middlebury Station (approx. 1.2 miles away); Middlebury Blacksmith Shop (approx. 1.3 miles away); Middlebury Veterans Memorial (approx. 1˝ miles away); Middlebury (approx. 1˝ miles away); Julius and Augusta Bronson Farm (approx. 1˝ miles away); Rochambeau Route 1781 – 82 (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Middlebury Fire House (approx. 2˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Middlebury.
Regarding Lake Quassapaug Station. Quassy, which was once called Lake Quassapaug Amusement Park, sits on a beautiful lake in Middlebury, Connecticut. Quassy was not always the amusement park it is today. Native Americans once populated this large area. The Native Americans translated Lake Quassapaug to mean "Big Pond" or "Big Rock".
In colonial days King George (1690-1770) granted one Abel Wheeler control of the lake. During this time a fisherman could rent a boat and leave his horse in a stall with plenty of hay for as little as 50˘ a day. Fisherman enjoyed the lake because they claimed
By 1888, a man named Mr. Richards opened a Grove House. Clambakes became his specialty and only non-alcoholic drinks were sold.
In 1905, the sea wall was put in and the Wallace Hotel replaced Mr. Richard's Grove House. By 1908, a trolley line was put through Middlebury and Lake Quassapaug became a summer resort.
In 1937, three Waterbury businessmen, John Frantzis, Mike Leon, and George Terezakis, bought the property and formed Quassy. They soon added a picnic area, paddle boats and a carousel. Within the next few years a hot dog stand, a roller rink and a tearoom were added.
It was after World War II that Quassy established itself as an amusement park. Beginning in the late 1970s, new rides were added every year. The park has also designed its own clambake facilities and caters to business and organizational outings from 100 to 10,000.
Today, Quassy Amusement Park remains a unique family-oriented facility. We offer swimming, picnicking, a catering service, a huge family Redemption Arcade, "Saturation Station," and of course, more than 20 rides. Every year families can count on new attractions, new rides, and most importantly, quality service.
Also see . . . Quassy Amusement Park. (Submitted on April 4, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 4, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 1,673 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 4, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.