The Winter Meadows, is located in the Indian Pond district. The Winter Meadows are mostly covered today by Russell's Pond and by cranberry bogs in that vicinity. About 1635, Christopher Winter was granted lands in that part of what is now Kingston, in which were rich meadow grounds, watered by small brooks. The hay-grounds became known, from the owner, as the Winter Meadows, and the brooks were the Winter Meadow Brook and the Little Winter Meadow Brook. These brooks united close by the junction of Elm and Pond Streets, behind the barn at the old "Richard Holmes" place (lately Misses Harper). The Winter Meadow Brook was flowed many years ago and is the source of Russell's Pond, the stream rising in springs to the southeast of Pond Street and at the foot of the hill on which the Town reservoir stands. When the brook was dammed, the water was diverted through a canal into the Iron Work's or Bisbee's Pond on the Trout Brook. One wall of the canal can still be seen close by the house recently Lyman Cushman's, and on two sides of the old Bisbee house now owned and occupied by Z. Henry Cushman, across the (Elm) Street from Lyman Cushman's. The canal was washed out by a freshet and later abandoned, but is plain to be seen. Today the water from Winter Meadow Brook or Russell's Pond is diverted by another canal into Silvy's Place (reservoir) and so into the Iron Works Pond.

The Little Winter Meadow Brook has its rise a little nearer town than the other brook, starting in the region south of the Duke's Hole Road and east of Pond Street. It drains a cranberry bog formerly owned by Dr. Hiram Burns, flows under the road a little to the southward of the old Holmes house and is the brook most of us known as being choked with the wild forgetmenots. No longer joined by the larger brook, it flows through the old valley and under Elm Street, through an alder thicket back of Z. H. Cushman's house and into the Furnace Pond (also called Constable's Pond). The two brooks are once more united in the latter pond. Christopher Winter owned the land only a short time, when he sold and removed to Scituate, but his name still clings to the lands he received in the early days of the colony.

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