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New Hampshire’s Jew Pond Officially Renamed

Monday, September 10th, 2012

A federal board changed the name of a pond in a small New Hampshire town from Jew Pond to Carleton Pond.

The name change by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names comes six months after Mont Vernon residents voted for a name change. The new name honors one of the town’s founding families.

Richard Masters, the town’s health officer, had called for the change two years ago, saying the name was disrespectful and offensive. Masters had learned of the official name of the recreational water hole while investigating an algae bloom on the pond.

The body of water had been known as Jew Pond since the 1920s, though there are no signs to that effect. The name, however, does appear on maps.

Dug near a hotel and golf complex, the manmade pond originally was called Spring Pond, but reportedly became known as Jew Pond after two Jewish businessmen bought the hotel and its grounds. They intended to make the pond bigger and call it Lake Serene, according to The Associated Press.

The pond is now located in Carleton Park on land donated by George Carleton.

NH Town to Vote on Changing Name of Jew Pond

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

The Watertown Daily Times of New Hampshire reported Saturday that voters in the small town of Mont Vernon, NH, will have the final say on whether to change the controversial name of a local pond.

The small pond near the middle of Mont Vernon is known as Jew Pond. Town officials say it got its name back in the 1920s because the operators of a hotel that once stood next to it were Jewish.

The name recently got the attention of New Hampshire Bishop Peter Libasci. He wrote a letter to the local newspaper saying the name conveyed contempt and urged townspeople to change it. Residents will decide in the March 13 election.

“The Story Behind Jew Pond,” a Documentary by Katelyn Ann Dobbs.

As a child, Katelyn Ann Dobbs visited Carleton Park and its pond frequently, either fishing with friends or just enjoying nature at the small recreation area at the foot of Grand Hill.

Only recently did the UNH-Manchester student who lives in Mont Vernon discover that the tiny pond in the park, though 5 or 6 feet deep at most and barely a quarter-acre in size, boasts a rich, if controversial, history simply because of its name: Jew Pond.

As part of her classes, Dobbs has produced a documentary that traces the history of Mont Vernon’s Jew Pond and examines, through several interviews, the current controversy over the name and whether the name should be changed.

(From: NashuaTelegraph.com)

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/jewish-news/nh-town-to-vote-on-changing-name-of-jew-pond/2012/02/19/

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