Swannanoa’s Grovemont community originally had two lakes, neither of which still exists. Lake June, seen in the photo below, was west of Grovemont Square. Lake Wildwood was near the entrance to Grovemont, at the intersection of Old U.S. 70 and Marion Avenue. According to E.W. Grove, who developed Grovemont in the 1920s, the lakes were meant to “add additional beauty and appeal to a setting that would have been attractive without them.”
Does anyone remember these two lakes and how they were used by the community? Was there swimming, fishing, boating? To learn more about the historic Grovemont community, sign up for the Swannanoa Valley Museum’s historic Grovemont tour on Saturday, June 3 (see details in Upcoming Events).
The above is excerpted in part from the book Images of America, Swannanoa, by Anne E. Chesky Smith. The book is available for purchase at the Swannanoa Valley Museum. Photo is courtesy of the museum, Barbara Davidson collection.
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