Globe Insiders

From the archives: Bucolic Walden Pond

August 17, 1960: Jane Martin, with her back to the camera, instructs on the science of diving as 11-year old Harold Knight makes his first attempt.
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August 17, 1960: Jane Martin, with her back to the camera, instructs on the science of diving as 11-year old Harold Knight makes his first attempt.

“A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.” — Henry David Thoreau, “Walden,” 1854

As summer comes to an end, we take a look at a summer retreat visited by both the philosophers and the frolicker. Thoreau’s two- year stay on the shores of Walden Pond ended Sept 6, 1847. Since then, the lake has transformed from a summer retreat to a popular swimming hole. Since the later half of the 20th century, there has been a strong conservation effort to preserve the bucolic property. — Leanne Burden Seidel and Lisa Tuite