Below the Mayflower Worsted Company's mill, at the rear of the Walter Faunce farm, is the Trout or Furnace Brook, called a generation or two age, Soule's or Constable's Pond / Brook. Originally it was a favorite haunt for the trout, but it changed its name when the Blast Furnace was set up at the present Constable place. After mr. henry Soule turned the Furnace into a tack works, the name of the brook was changed again.

Furnace Brook and its tributaries, the Winter Meadow Brooks, are an interesting study, for they exemplify the story of water-shops and of early industries very satisfactorily. Practically every industry carried on in the town has been tied in the mills which have been established along its banks, and every phase in the development of water power, from the natural flow of the stream to the making of artificial reservoirs of storage-basins. Not one of the four ponds which exists today, Russell's Pond, Silvy's Place, the Iron Works Pond and the Furnace of Constable's Pond, is natural, and the way the water has been shunted from one place and pond or brook to another is a story in itself.

In its lower course, the Trout Brook drains Briar Swamp, known in early days as Jones River Swamp. The town wells (artesian) are in the valley of this brook, and the supply mains are laid down the bed of the stream to the river, finding easy grades and, because of the flowing water, no great extremes in temperature.

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