"Embodied in its rhythmic name is the tradition of forest tribes who met beside its waters for friendly intercourse and sport -- and here the city dwellers gather on a like quest and so make ancient days to live again."



This book is for those who seek a summer home -- who find but little rest or peace in thronged resorts -- who would leave the things of the city far behind -- who would possess as their very own a portion of the wooded places, to which with every returning summer they too may return.

It is also for those to whom the world of affairs gives scant release from daily duty -- who seek a place beside blue waters where wife and children may dwell the long summer through in the privacy of home -- where the friendly light of neighbors gleam through the trees -- where the tang of the wilderness brings new health, and the lapping of the lake upon the shore sings all to sleep.

Again -- this book is for those who love to fish and boat -- who follow the lure of the open road that leads back home at end of day -- who welcome good company and yet would feel free to walk alone -- who must remain within easy reach of business and be able to return to the blue waters with equal speed -- at whose service must be the necessary thing of civilized life without its impeding formalities.

Once more -- this book is for those who would set their feet upon their own soil -- who, perhaps, cannot afford to buy a broad estate -- who seek a modest summer home with all the privilege of wooded acres and long reaches of open water.


The "Lake with the Long Name," locally and more briefly known as Webster Lake, is the scenic jewel of Worcester County, Mass. On Killdeer Island, in this lake, a wonderful development is taking pace in the way of offering permanent summer homes at a very moderate cost.

The tract has been divided into generous sites -- some of them bordering the shore, others within a few moments' walk of the water -- on which purchasers may erect simple bungalows at comparatively small expense.

The New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad comes down to the lake at the town of Webster, affording easy access and convenient traveling facilities. Beacon Park (one-half mile from the Island colony) is the terminus of a trolley line direct to the City of Worcester. In every direction, improved highways radiate for the benefit of those who would enjoy touring through one of the loveliest sections of New England.

Here is growing a colony of individually owned homes -- the informal dwellings of those who love the wilderness.


Not every one may own a homes beside these blue waters. Applicants are closely scanned and credentials requested. This is done on YOUR behalf. As a result, the summer colony receives only accredited families who will add to the refined good fellowship of the colony and will be mutually helpful without intrusion on such privacy as each member may desire to preserve.

To each his bathing and boating facilities -- to each such seclusion as to him seems good; but to all the panorama of the seductive lake, the echo of music across its waters, the shady woods, the wilderness reaching to their very doors.

And back of all is the pleasant sense of ownership secured at little cost -- the knowledge that one's neighbors are men and women of character and standing -- that one is a citizen of no mean community when while at the same time he is a dweller in the open places.


The owner of a home beside this lake possesses his own hunting lodge and fishing place in permanency. To this he may return at any time of year -- whenever his favorite game or fish is in season.

The woods about the lake abound in partridge and rabbits; the blue waters conceal a host of bass and pickerel and pout. Canoes, rowboats, and launches may be privately owned or engaged by the day or for the season. Supplies for camping, hunting, and fishing parties can be secured at reasonable rates from dealers in Webster. In fact, every facility for the enjoyment of the open is within reach of one's own home.

"One's own home!" Not a place of hire -- not a moment's halting place -- but one's own home for all the years to come.


Daily life beside the lake commands the comforts and conveniences that have become necessary to the housewife's happiness, just as it eliminates the hundred little cares and formalities that burden her life in town.

She need never "go to market." Regular deliveries are made by Webster grocers and butchers, while every day, neighboring farmers bring to her door the choicest of fresh vegetables, fruit, eggs, and butter -- real dainties that are so hard to obtain "in town".

The simple cooking and household equipment of bungalow life provide every needed adjunct for her homekeeping, while the informal spirit of country living makes every task both brief and light. Her bungalow may be lighted by electricity, as the island receives continuous service from a nearby power plant. Through gravel beds, Nature's own filtration system, wells up a steady supply of pure cold water for every purpose of her daily life.

For the rest -- there are long hours of leisure -- long hours for reading on the shady porch or beneath the trees -- long hours for that refreshing sleep that comes only where life is spent without care in the open.

And she may decorate and equip her bungalow as she will -- for is it not her own home? It has been built to suit her comfort, as it has been built to fit the family purse. It is hers from its first planning and on through the years -- all her own!


One half mile from our Island Colony -- near enough for convenient access, far enough to be out of the community picture -- is Beacon Park, pleasure park famous not only in the neighborhood of the "Lake with the Long Name," but far and wide through Massachusetts.

Colonists in search of a day's or evening's recreation will find here a dancing pavilion, a rustic theater, boat houses and boats -- not of the ordinary type but all designed and managed as an invitation to people of culture who know well how to play.

The dwellers by the lake frequently make up parties and spend a few hours at Beacon Park, taking advantage of trips in its large passenger boats and enjoying its music and the passing crowd who find their pleasure unhampered by a skilled management that fosters play without roughness, freedom without license.

This park is a favorite resort for club and convention outing, and furnishes a contact with the cities -- a contact that may be lightly made and as lightly broken.

Beacon Park is not part of our colony, but it is a convenient and friendly neighbor.


A word as to your home beside the blue waters. You are free to build such a bungalow as suits your taste and pocketbook, the only restriction being a minimum cost of $800. This single stipulation is necessary in order to give a uniformly graceful appearance to the colony and to discourage undesirable applicants.

The company that controls the island tract is prepared to render every service to purchasers in procuring suitable architectural plans fitted to the sum which is to be expended and to the size and location of the lot on which the house is to be erected.

We will, if desired, also refer applicants to competent and reliable builders who make a specialty of this type of structure and whose material and workmanship can be depended on with the utmost confidence. The planning of these homes is an art in itself, and we earnestly desire every new colonist to make the most of the opportunities afforded by his site, by its nearness to the lake, and by all the natural surroundings that can contribute so much to the sightliness of his home.


Killdeer Island is the focus of all the beauties which impress the eye and hold the memory of every visitor to the lake. While it is connected with the shore by a narrow strip of land, nevertheless its extraordinary shape and its three miles of water frontage make it, to all intents and purposes, an island.

It unites accessibility with complete privacy, not only as to the whole island but as to each individual home. The hottest rays of the mid-summer sun are here tempered by a heavy growth of pine and hemlock, and by the gently breeze that steals across its noon and makes it nights a cradle of easy slumber.

Here sparkle the clearest of spring-fed waters, tempting the bather to leave the fine smooth beach and yield himself to their grateful embrace. Here one may sail or drift, in lazy indifference to all the world, listening to the sound of distant voices and dreaming away a magic hour between blue and sky-blue lake.

On either hand the rolling countryside hangs out its invitation to drive or ramble in quest of pleasant adventure -- to follow the road among strange fields and to explore the gently sloping hills. Here is freedom from the petty worries of life and here Nature reaches out with firm hand-clasp and bids the weary welcome to the great peace that is hers.

We cannot bring these delights into our home -- but we can make our home among these delights.


The ownership of an expensive summer home solves the ever recurring problem of summer vacations -- especially for the man who is anxious to give his family the benefit of outdoor life for the longest possible time.

A prolonged stay at a summer hotel is almost prohibitive, in these days, unless the purse be more generously line than falls to the lot of the average family. There are many serious objections to a stay at an isolated farm. A long summer in the city is poor preparation for the demands of winter.

The obvious solution is to make single initial investment -- to acquire one's own home in a desirable and convenient place -- a place where one is free to come and go at all times and where one may live in a style to suit his own desires and possible financial limitations.

To those who would, once for all, provide for the summer health and enjoyment of their dear ones as well as for their own recreation, the colony on Killdeer Island makes every provision. The cost of a lot is small; the expense of building, regarded as investment, is sound financial policy; the question of eat access and safe surroundings is forever settled; desirable companionship is assured, and a perplexing question is permanently answered.

An investigation of the advantages afforded by our summer colony is easy to make and will give you a new understanding of the benefits that will reward a modest outlay.


The Red Race and the White play and equal part in the history of the "Lake with the Long Name". This title is said to have meant "The Boundary Fishing Place -- The Neutral Meeting Ground," and here the Narragansetts, the Pequots, and even the Mohicans were wont to assemble in friendly conference and to take advantage of the splendid fishing which persists to the present day.

When the white Europeans had made permanent settlement in Boston and Plymouth, they began to push their way West, and soon found themselves at this lake. They were charmed with its strange outline, its clear waters, its fine beaches, and its picturesque surroundings -- even as the colonists of today are equally charmed.

Later on, Samuel Slater, who has been termed " The father of the cotton manufacturing industry in America," and who had a small sawmill at Pawtucket, Rhode Island, learned of lake, visited it, and decided to found there an extensive industrial activity devoted to the making of broadcloth and the development of cotton mills. The town of Webster is proud of the great Slater Mills.

Of late, Killdeer Island has been sold by S. Slater & Sons, Inc., to the Killdeer Development Company, a corporation which now puts at your service the advantages which were first recognized by aboriginal Americans

This bit of history involves an interesting parallel -- an example of the familiar statement that history repeats itself. "The Lake with the Long Name" was first noted as a meeting place of tribes from all points of the compass. There they found benefit in a life that was truly communal, though temporary. Today from East, West, North and South, the White Tribes are also meeting here and establishing a permanent colony for the same social purposes and with the same object of enjoying the natural beauties and advantages of this unique lake and island.


Killdeer Island, located only sixteen miles from Worcester, Mass., is owned by the Killdeer Development Company, controlled and operated by K.D. Purdy of Schenectady, N.Y. and Frank E. Wilber, of Webster, Mass.

These gentlemen have had long and successful experience in land development. By "success" is meant not merely volume of sales but also -- and far more important -- a resulting and permanent satisfaction on the part of the purchasers. Reputation has been achieved and maintained through discriminating selection of development tracts and conscientious handling of them to the best advantage of future occupants.

In the developing of the Killdeer Island property, it has been an object to preserve the distinctive character of wildwood residence and at the same time to supplement natural beauty with essential home comfort and modern traveling facilities.

For the convenience of those interested, an office is maintained at 705 State Mutual Building, Worcester, Mass., in charge of Fred. W. Hall, Sales Manager, and another has been established at Killdeer Island. Appointments will gladly be made to show you the colony -- the most beautiful location of its kind in New England -- and to assist you in selecting a site. This service is without obligation on your part.

Killdeer sites are priced as low as $200 for large fifty-foot front lots, and up to $1,000 according to location, water frontage, size, etc. Terms are 25 per cent down, the balance payable in quarterly installments. A 5 percent discount is allowed for cash.

Many bungalows are now under construction, and only a relatively few water front sites remain to be sold.

If you have the slightest thought of making permanent provision for summer happiness, call now at our Worcester office or write for detailed information.

"I traveled through the cities of the world to find a place where my soul might be at peace -- and lo! I found it in a cottage, where woods and water met and kissed."


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