Vilas Pool

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Alstead has a recreational area called Vilas Pool. It, too, was a gift from a benefactor, Charles Vilas. That's a swan boat you see there on the left, just like the ones they have in the Boston Public Gardens.

Here's a shot of the same pavillion, but from a different angle.

This is a weird old postcard of Vilas Pool. I can't quite make out all the detail.

Here's another color postcard of Vilas Pool. That there's the swan boat.

I think this is the black and white version:

And other one. No swanboats in this shot though. There's a little gazebo that isn't in the others. I don't remember there ever being a gazebo. They probably built it one summer and then the ice probably destroyed it the following winter. I don't know that though... I'm just guessing.

Same view but this image a bit older, I believe:

A similar one:

Here's a black and white from 1950:

To get to Vilas Pool, you drive up this road....

... and must walk over this bridge. I never liked walking over that bridge.

In this shot the river's lower. I notice these things.


Here's a different a different angle of the bridge. That's the dam that burst in Irene's diaries. Can you imagine the impact? That dam was holding back a small lake!

Here's another shot of the footbridge. It's kind of choppy.

And another one with a boat under the bridge and men standing on the bridge.

This is an old picture... looks like the bridge when it was being built:

This is below the dam, looking down stream; you can see the guardrails along the road:

Once you crossed the bridge, you'd reach the pavillion. 

In between the bridge and the pavilion, to the right, is the diving board:

Here's the pavilion closer up:

Different angle:

Here's a view from the side.

The pavillion is where the caretakers lived and where the parties happened (there quite a social going on in this one!)... 

...and where you'd changed into your swimsuit...

... so you could go swimming.

Here are swimmers and boaters:

Here are some boaters:

Here are more boaters. It's real fuzzy (don't adjust your lenses!) but I decided to throw it into the mix anyway.

More boating:

Go boating!

And of course, eat your picnic lunch!

Have I forgotten anything? Of course! The carillon! Here it is!

Here it is again!

A different angle below. There are trees surrounding the carrilon now, unless someone chopped 'em all down.

Slightly different angle on this one... with bushes, so it's a later picture.

This is the Vilas Mansion. It's not part of Vilas Pool, but it's not far from it and it's where Charles Vilas lived.

Here's a closer (and quite nice) shot of the Vilas home:

And another one:

And from the side, in 1910:

And another one:

From a different angle:

From a different angle:

Again, the Vilas estate:

This is the Vilas mansion from overhead.

And one at closer range followed by the gatehouse and the gates.

Same angle but from the ground:

This is the parlor:

This is the inside, taken by Wallace Nutting, although I've never been inside:

The Vilas Farm:

The gates to the estate:

If you drive from Vilas Pool toward Alstead Village, you'll pass the grist mill (shown below), which sits down the bank and across the river from the Vilas Mansion.

Across from the grist mill is Vilas High School (now Vilas Junior High School). Here's what it looks like from the Vilas mansion:

This is the plaque to Charles Vilas at the Vilas School:

A shot of Vilas School from ground level:

A different angle:

And I have no idea idea where this house is, but the photo is labeled "Vilas family" from "Alstead".