Twin Ponds are two connected ponds carved out by the last glacier thousands of years ago, probably 10,000 to 14,000. The connecting channel is shallow but passable by boat. They are fed by springs and a small stream flowing in to the West pond and out of the East pond to a brook that flows down to the Second Branch of the White River. That is a vertical drop of approximately 660 feet. The water from Twin Ponds flows South through the White River to the Connecticut River while ponds a short distance North flow North and West to Lake Champlain.
The bottom of the ponds is 45+/- feet in the deepest part and consists of soft mud and marl. Recently the ponds have been a site for the Norwich University Geology Department to conduct research and provide students an opportunity to do hands-on research. Each year students and advisors travel to Twin Ponds during periods when it is not rented and explore the ponds more. The Norwich University Geology Department conducted a study of the pond bottom in 2012 and 2013. They took several core samples from the bottom. The material dates back over 10,000 years. There are plans for carbon dating more of the samples. They have continued studies since then and have been studying why the Twin Ponds are so healthy and other nearby bodies of water are less so. One working theory is that the vegetation in the ponds is a big factor by using up phosphorus. We have removed much of the vegetation near the beach and boating area but have left it untouched elsewhere.
Twin Ponds has a typical mix of yellow perch, hornpout (catfish) and chain pickerel plus Large Mouth Bass. Trout have difficulty breeding in the pond because of the fierce competition from the existing species. They do occassionally come in from the two brooks. Lew and his Dad became fond of fishing in the pond because it was unusual not to catch at least a few fish almost every time they went fishing. The fish in a nearby pond had been killed and trout introduced by the State of Vermont met with mixed results. Lew and his father decided not to go to the expense of killing the existing fish in favor of trout. Since then large-mouth bass have been introduced with favorable results. If you like to fish, you will really enjoy Twin Ponds. It is relatively warm at the surface but cool down where the fish are.
Lew's parents purchased the property including most of the pond frontage in 1958. Lew's Dad had dreamed of having a "trout pond" for years and had cut wild Christmas trees on the property for many years. There was an old barn on the property that Lew's Dad hoped to be able to turn into a camp. However, efforts to do so showed that many of the barn structural components were too rotten to be salvaged. Plan B involved Lew and his Dad taking downa building in their home town of Chester, Vermont and using the various components to build the cottage. A gas station owner had purchased a piece of property with a circa 1870's house and wanted to have the house torn down to make additional parking for his station. By 1961 the cottage was built with a crawl space underneath and a screened-in porch. By then Lew's parents had bought the adjoining property which had a farmhouse on it. Lew's parents (it was his mother's pet project) rented the cottage for many years to vacationers from all over the United States.
In 1980 the cottage was jacked up and a full basement was constructed under the cottage. In 1986 Lew's parents decided to retire to the cottage and had an addition built which made the cottage 24 by 38 not counting the screened-in porch. Lew's Mom died in 2004 and the property was renovated to include a new kitchen, chimney repairs and a finished fun/game room in the walk-out basement. The cottage is now ready for you to enjoy.