A Barnstable Patriot article written by Bronwen Howells Walsh on September 13, 2018 details how Muddy Pond was restored to its original name of Crocker Pond by state proclamation on September 8, 2018. Representative Will Crocker and Representative Randy Hunt, both who represent Marstons Mills, attended the unveiling ceremony.
Name ‘Crocker Pond’ restored in Marstons Mills
Known for over 100 years as “Muddy Pond” in Marstons Mills, this particular body of water was restored to its original name by state proclamation Sept. 8.
State Rep. Randy Hunt, R-Sandwich, was on hand to unveil a new sign and the new name -- Crocker Pond. The occasion marked the culmination of a two-year effort to restore the historically accurate name.
It was only fitting that state Rep. Will Crocker, R-Centerville, and his wife, Judy, were there to share the moment.
David Martin, president of the Marstons Mills Historical Society, explained to a small group of Olde Homestead neighbors how the pond’s original name got lost in translation.
Beginning around 1750, Isaac Crocker had a farm on what is now the Olde Homestead subdivision in Marsons Mills, and on that farm he had a pond.
At some point in the 19th century, Martin said, the name “Muddy Pond” was given to a body of water east of River Road in Marstons Mills. When that water body was drained for a cranberry bog, the name was transferred -- for reasons unknown -- to the previous Crocker Pond, located west of River Road.
Two years ago, neighborhood association members Bob Bownes and Brice Besse started digging around in the history of the Olde Homestead Association, and Warren Rutherford initiated a home rule petition to the Legislature to restore the pond’s original name.
Still on the Barnstable Town Council at the time, Crocker approached Hunt, who shepherded the proposal (H3679) through the Legislature, where it passed Nov. 21, 2017, subsequent to earning the approval of the association, the Marstons Mills Historical Society, the Marstons Mills Village Association, the Barnstable Historical Commission, and Barnstable Town Council.
“These are the real important things, because they’re important to you people,” Hunt said at the ceremony.
“This was an organic groundswell,” Crocker said. “It’s great to be part of the process.”
The pond is already classified by the state as a great pond, i.e., one which contains more than 10 acres in its natural state, Martin said, but “Muddy Pond” was just not the right fit.
“It’s not even muddy,” he said. “There’s a history here.”