By Lynn Kloter Fahy

Crystal Lake lies among the cities of Tolland and Stafford on a five-mile-long triangular strip of land extending from the northeastern nook of Ellington. Attracted through the lake’s sandy shore surrounded by means of forests of oak, chestnut, pine, and maple, early households of settlers referred to as the lake sq. Pond. within the Nineties, Crystal Lake grew to become a vacation spot hotel. Its reputation prolonged throughout the creation of the interurban trolley and Depression-era automobile trippers who stayed within the lake’s inns, cottages, and roadside vacationer cabins. within the Thirties, the Sandy seashore Ballroom attracted the massive bands of Duke Ellington, man Lombardo, and Cab Calloway. The ballroom additionally served as a roller-skating rink the place kids from Ellington, Stafford, Rockville, and surrounding cities spent their rest hours. at the present time Crystal Lake continues to be a well-liked getaway for fishing, swimming, and boating.

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