Was an elephant buried in a local lake?
Nearby Somers may claim to be the birthplace of the circus, but Barnum and Bailey’s star attractions wintered in Waccabuc. Legend has it that an elephant stabled on a Mead Street farm died one winter in the late 1800s. With the ground frozen, they couldn’t bury it.
So a plan was hatched to drag the poor animal out to the middle of the lake and weigh it down with chains so it would sink to the bottom come spring. No elephant bones have ever been found, and Lewisboro Town Historian Maureen Koehl can’t confirm it happened—or didn’t.
But bones from a 10,000-year-old mastodon were discovered in one of the canals leading to Lake Kitchawan. Back in the early 1970s, a student happened upon an odd-looking bone, an archeological dig commenced, and mastodon bones, teeth, and a jawbone were found. Imagine a herd of mastadons lumbering through Pound Ridge Reservation!
Ron Egloff, a second-generation Lake Kitchawan resident, is the go-to man for questions about the lake. But there is one mystery even he can’t resolve: why are three large barge-style boats laying at the bottom of the lake?
“I found them diving when I was a kid, and it’s bothered me ever since,” he says. “They are 30 feet long and eight feet wide with two-foot gunnels, and appear to be from the 1800s.” The relatively small lake has no access to larger bodies of water, so where did they come from? And what was their purpose?