Forster Pond State Park
148 acres in Killingworth, CT
Parking: Small lot near 360 CT-80, Killingworth, CT
Trail Map Trails: Less than a mile Rating: Unexplored
This is a partial/incomplete page as I have not yet explored Forster Pond State Park.
The park is trailed entirely by the 4.6 mile blue blaze Chatfield Trail. The DEEP does not encourage visits to the buildings along the pond.
Fun fact: I actually met Tom the DEEP biologist who oversees the area while on vacation out in Oregon, he mows a design into the field (usually a peace sign) at Forster Pond each year.
Established as a state park in 1963. The have been attempts to turn the former estate into a museum.
The area is named for Frank Forster, a famed architect who built a country estate on the property in 1935 attempting to create an inland Mystic Seaport. He had Chatfield Hollow Brook damed to create the pond.
The state purchased an adjacent 41 acres to the west in 1972 from Oscar Swenson, an inventor who brought electricity to his house with power generated by a water-wheel mill on the east branch of the Hammonasset River that flows into the pond.
Other state purchases:
- 1993 – 3.6 acre Mitchell property and house
- 1998 – 10 acre Fox property for $185,000
In 1992, the DEEP’s Inland Fisheries Division was given use of the pond and the Forster house for the Connecticut Aquatic Resources and Education (CARE) program. The program uses volunteers to teach families how to fish at various locations around the state.
- Christine Woodside – The Mystery of Forster Pond State Park. Connecticut Woodlands Spring 2014. pg 10.
- Peter Marteka – Old Hydroelectric Mill Speaks To The Preservation Of Killingworth’s Past (2014)
- Stan Fisher – Famed architect’s buildings could become museum in Killingworth (2012)
- Peter Marteka – The Park View Few People See (2001)
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