In an area teeming with history along Old Hebron Avenue, Shoddy Mill Pond is a hidden feature.

The dam itself sits about 50 yards back upstream from the old road. It stretches about 30 feet across while standing around four feet tall. It is mostly made of large stones, however it appears to have been topped with concrete at one point. Most of the stones and concrete are covered with moss, which gives off a very eerie feeling around it.

The eastern side of the dam angles in towards the pond. It appears a sluicegate may have once stood here, based on the positioning of the rocks and the terrain of the dirt. Stones seem to line a depression in the Earth that travels away from the dam, parallel to the stream. The trench used to carry under Old Hebron Avenue before re-connected with Roaring Brook farther downstream, but the construction of new Hebron Avenue has buried much of it.

Some records indicate that a blacksmith shop was in the area and likely used the water from the dam.

Just downstream, before the old bridge, is a low dam. On either side are concrete supports, about four feet tall, and then a short concrete structure that sticks out into the water. It only sits about a foot above the water and is in rather dire condition.

 

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