(Photo by Pat Brough)
Nashawannuck Pond, the gateway to the Cottage Street Cultural District
Nashawannuck Pond, "Nash Pond", "The Bottle", or the center of WhoVille . . . whatever you want to call it, Nashawannuck Pond is unique: a jewel and much loved landmark that connects and binds the community of Easthampton, Massachusetts.
Nashawannuck Pond is bordered on the north by the planned and preserved open space of Nonotuck Park, its center being in the thriving downtown business district and at the gateway to the Cottage Street Cultural District. Its waters extend over an historic dam, past One Cottage Street Studios mill building, along the Manhan Rail Trail and on toward Millside Park where it is known as Lower Mill Pond.
The Lower Mill Pond ends appropriately at the historic mill district. This group of former industrial mills, including the transformed Eastworks and Paragon Arts buildings, are examples of how Easthampton has embraced its past while continuing its renaissance as an arts and business community. Nowhere in Western Mass is there a more photogenic skyline than is captured from Nashawannuck Pond with Mount Tom as its backdrop.