Hawkins Pond Traditional Geocache
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The Hawkins Pond property is approximately 71 acres that belongs to the Glocester Land Trust. After arriving at the parking coordinates (PK16452) drive down the driveway to the gravel parking lot. Walk to the top of the dike to get a good view of the pond and then continue up to see the old remaining structure. Adjacent to the building is a new fireplace and several picnic tables.
Beginning around 1750, the water provided by the pond powered a sawmill. In 1873 a cotton mill was erected on the property. Succeeding years saw the pond used to power a woodworking mill and, again, a sawmill. Around 1924, Walter A. Hawkins, a self-educated mechanic, fashioned a generator and electrical system, and generated electricity for the area until 1936. I want to thank the Glocester Land Trust for their permission to place a cache on the property.