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In 1861, Third Lake was known as Chittendon Lake, named after a family who owned a large amount of property north of Third Lake. At the time Druce Lake was known as Second Lake. The Alexander Druce Family owned the land south of what is now Druce Lake, as well as the lake itself. The farm had been handed down within the Druce family and the cemetery, which is today located on the corner of Washington and Mainsail, was in place by 1907.map

By 1947, the 100 acre Chittendon property was owned by W.I. Pratt who sold 161/2 acres bordering Washington Street to the Brennan family of Chicago who used it as a weekend farm. They built a home on the property and lived there until November of 2000.

By 1954, what we know as Washington Street was “Grange Hall Road” and ran east of 45. To travel west one had to jog a bit south and take “Druce Lake Road”. At that time, Eleanor Burke owned the former Chittendon property and the lake become known as Third Lake.

By 1979 the land was in a trust with Sears Bank and Trust and lawyer-developer, Lee Fry began plans to purchase and develop these properties which remained open farmland. He spent two years working out a deal with the Brennan’s in which there was an exchange of 15 acres of the Brennan Farm (much of which became Phase II of Mariner’s Cove) for a farm in Wisconsin. There was a waiting list of 33 buyers when interest rates skyrocketed. Buyers dropped out and Lee Fry lost the property.

By 1985, in the hands of a development syndicate, sales in Phase I went well. Phase II took off in 1989, with Phase III following shortly thereafter.

Lee Fry’s original design for development and the association was closely followed. Mariner’s Coves is particularly unique as it offered local builders, even small ones, the opportunity to purchase a lot and do “spot “ building, thus providing the variety of styles and architectural interest  we enjoy today.

Today’s Mariner’s Cove

Entering Mariner’s Cove you know you are in someplace special. As a homeowner in the Cove you have rights to two lakes and the use of private boat launches and sand beaches. Children’s playgrounds are also found throughout. The Community Association maintains these areas and coordinates special events throughout the year. The Easter parade and egg hunt, the Halloween parade and an annual Fishing Derby are favorites. 

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