Chasing Waterfalls: Dividend Pond Falls

For all the posts in the Chasing Waterfalls Series, go here.

Prologue: Inspired by the 2021 Hallmark romantic movie Chasing Waterfalls started my own blog, featuring the local waterfalls in the State of Connecticut where I live, and also may be any waterfalls that I might come across in my trips around America and the World. The film was released in July, as part of their “Spring Fling” lineup. The lead actress, Cindy Busby, as Amy Atwater, a photo journalist who goes to a remote town to find a mythical waterfall. Her co-star Christopher Russell, as Mark North is her guide on this enchanted trip.

Now I am chasing these majestic and gorgeous waterfalls. Next up is the Dividend Pond Falls in Rocky Hill, CT

Dividend Pond Falls is the natural waterfalls formed by the Dividend Brook that flows through the 68-acres of Dividend Area, now marked as protected open space so no industrialization or urbanization takes place. He falls divide the upper and lower Dividend Ponds. You can see both of its falls from this vantage point.

An easy to moderate hiking trail surrounds them which takes us through some historical ruins as well. Here are remnants of Gershon Bulkeley’s New Corne Mill or rather commonly now known as grist mill, built in the 1750s.

We also passed what remains of the entrance to Edward Bulkeley’s Homestead that had been built in 1700s.

The property included a dam called Bulkeley Dam, named after the famed family that lived there for over two centuries. We did not go up as far to the dam area, but south of that dam, at one point was the C.E. Billings Manufacturing Co. founded by Charles R. Billings and George D. Edmands in 1884. The factory was functioning until mid 1920s, before it was closed down. And now we have these cement remains left of that factory.

Some more pictures with the surrounding nature along the trail.

Of course, I cannot miss one with a wooden boardwalk across the trail. In the picture you can see the waterfall far behind along with one of my friends.

One more of me with the splendid waterfall (the upper falls) behind me.

And finally the three of us who went on this hike.

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