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Before Worcester became Worcester, it was called Quinsigamond. The name is derived from two words, Qunnosu or Quonnose, meaning pickerel, literally "Long Nose" and Amaug means "fishing place" (remember the indian name for Webster Lake contains the word "amaug"). Qunnosuogamaug is then "Pickerel fishing place". The modern word Quinsigamond was later accepted for general use. In early records it was called Long Pond.
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Does everyone remember kiddie day? Every wed. you got in for ten cents and could ride the rides for ten cents. I remeber the swings that swung out over the water. And they had the best fun house I have ever been in.
Pete Taylor - Report this comment
Before Worcester became Worcester, it was called Quinsigamond. The name is derived from two words, Qunnosu or Quonnose, meaning pickerel, literally "Long Nose" and Amaug means "fishing place" (remember the indian name for Webster Lake contains the word "amaug"). Qunnosuogamaug is then "Pickerel fishing place". The modern word Quinsigamond was later accepted for general use. In early records it was called Long Pond.
I remember playing at Lake Quinsigamond a lot as a child in the 1970's. My older sister took sailing lessons there, and my family spent a lot of time picnicing in the area where the trees were. I even had a birthday party there one time as a child. Very fond memories of the Lake.
The pictures of the lake remind me of my childhood in the 50's when the family would gather in the summer to watch the powerboat races then during the winter my brother and I would lace up our ice skates, open our coats so as to use as sails and let the wind propell us down the lake. Those times lent great excitement and to long/cold walks back home to Bridal Path.
I remember White City Kiddies Day when rides were only 5 cents per. The Bug was the best ride around. The Whip always gave me a headache . . the Funhouse with the Rolling Barrell you had to jump into, the Slide where you had that potato, onion sack you rode down on, that fat lady out front laughing like mad, what memories . .
Bill Latimer- September 01, 2007 - Report this comment
Lake Quinsigamond has allot of History and old Maps. We are pleased to announce a current Bathymetry and Pictorial Image Map of Lake Quinsigamond (2007)is now available. This is the first official Map in over 60 years of this Lake. Visit www.wcsarteam.com for further information to obtain this Map.
Tim Pellegrino- August 21, 2009 - Report this comment
Ahh good o'le Quinsig. I would leave house on Angelo St, cut through Nault's, cross the tracks, walk down Coburn, cross Lake Ave(where my older brother used to drag race) jump the fence, and fish the point as often as I possibly could.
Ray LaChance- January 23, 2010 - Report this comment
Water skiing the entire length of Quinsig and back was a real challenge back in the '60s. Maybe even today? Waving to the people at the amusement park was a blast.
Adam Morse- March 24, 2011 - Report this comment
My great grandfather, Curtis E. Morse of Marlborough built boats, his most famous being the Indian (as in the country) style Shikara canoe, 21 feet long with the traditional heart shaped paddles, which he used to use on Lake Quinsigamond back in the late 30s and during the 40s. The Shikara was beautiful - plated with its name on the side and had a canopy, too. Curtis was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1955 at age 64 and following that my Dad's family didn't give the Shikara much use and it just sat in my grandfather's yard for over 50 years until we had to sadly get rid of it after my grandfather died. But it was a magnificent site to see, apparently many in the area knew about Curtis and his boats.
Cheryl- April 22, 2011 - Report this comment
Adam, please contact me -- I'd love to learn more about your great grandfather's canoe. cstedtler@aol.com
jim- July 28, 2011 - Report this comment
I am surprised no one mentioned the dance hall. I believe it was called Lakeside. It had two different bands to dance one stag and one for those that had a date. Went there on Saturday nights.
Nat- July 28, 2011 - Report this comment
always enjoyed the races on the lake speed boat and skull
Nick P.- July 28, 2011 - Report this comment
It was the 70's, dad bought our first boat from Doc Chauvin. We docked there, ran across the street to Corey's Hot Dogs and pulled up to the dock at the Coast Guard Island for a feast on numerous occasions. Feels like yesterday........
Joe Pellegrino- October 19, 2011 - Report this comment
Yup Tim, all us brothers took the path over tracks to our favorite fishing spots from the steps to where the Beach was. Also ran around the oval,and played ball at lake park.We had great times and many memories of my boat, water sking.And just riding around lake Quinsigomond
Joe Pellegrino- October 19, 2011 - Report this comment
How can i leave out Lake Ave? Where some of the best Drag Racing took place in Worcester.I had 1 of the fastest Stock 1967 SS-396, 375hp under rated, 456 rear end ratio,muncie 4 speed Chevelles in Worc.12 seconds in the quarter mile at Orange Dragway. Wish i hSd that car now...I't worth a ton of money..
Nancy Cox- January 17, 2012 - Report this comment
Jim, I remember the Lakeside. Actually my brother, Lenny, hitched a ride home from there, Dec 3, 1960, the boy raced the car down Lake Ave, hit a tree off of the Bridal Path area, my brother was thrown from the car and killed. He was 15...the boy driving was drunk...got a slap on the hand for that. Happy that the laws have changed.
Nathan A.- March 27, 2012 - Report this comment
I can remember going to the "drags" on lake Av. as a kid with my brother and his friends. There were actual race cars down there that you could hear a mile away. Some guy named Danny Myers had a wicked fast Chevelle and another guy they called "Honey" had a blue Plymouth with a Hemi in it. Unreal.
John Phillips now Buczek- May 08, 2012 - Report this comment
For Joe Pellegrino...The name is so familiar, Commerce High? Dragging on Lake Ave.? Did that in the late 50's. Lived at 305 Lake Ave. just 3 houses from where they would start..not quite a 1/4 mile to Hamilton St.. Orange Mass. drags what a great time. For Nancy Cox......so-so-sorry to hear of your brother. I used to walk Bridal Path from my house on Lake Ave. to get to the beach just to hang around...mid to late 40's. For Nathan A.....drags again. Must have been past my time I had a 57 Black Plymouth with a Hemi in it and ran Lake Ave. also the Speedway, 140 etc.. Meets were set up at Speedy car hop Shrewsbury Street. Was President of the "Worcester Road Saints" Oh those good old days.....where did they go?
phyllis- August 10, 2012 - Report this comment
anyone know where I can get pictures of the dance hall and shrewsbury street area, downtown etc.. putting together a 90th birthday for my mother in law and thought this would be fun
John G.- September 05, 2012 - Report this comment
I have a deep connection with the lake as I grew up on the Worcester side of it for the first eighteen years of my life. I have so many great memories of the lake, from learning how to swim as a child and spending many long summer days in its waters. Many days and nights I would spend fishing its waters with my father, some of whose ashes I deposited into the waters after he died. In the winter I used to enjoy skating on the frozen waters and even one year walked across the lake to Shrewsbury and back. As a teen I used to go sailing at Regatta Point. For me it is what I would call a spiritual connection as I come there often to center myself and find strength. Even though I have lived in many states over the years, I always find time to return to the lake whenever I am in town and still am greatly moved by sitting on its shores, watching the water and feeling at home as I have never felt in any other place on this planet.
Bill Latimer- July 21, 2013 - Report this comment
Worcester County Search & Rescue Water Rescue program out on Lake Quinsigamond has closed. Maps of the Lake can now be available at [http://wcsarteam.wix.com/map-lakequinsigamond#]. After 9 years of dedicated service for the lake community.
Bill Latimer- August 08, 2013 - Report this comment
Worcester County SAR has been discontinued; however, Maps of Lake Quinsigamond can still be obtained via a new web site. Since no links can be shown here, go to Google and type...wcsarteam.wix.com/map-lakequinsigamond
Martha Schwope- March 18, 2015 - Report this comment
My grandfather managed The Quinsigamond Boat Club in the 1920's. My mother had many happy memories of swimming, boating, regattas, special occasions. I cannot find any mention anywhere of this Club. Does anyone else know anything about it? I could go to the Historical Society, I know, but I live at quite a distance.
Regatta Point Community Sailing- May 27, 2015 - Report this comment
We would love to hear from everyone that sailed with us the past 55 years. Email us at info@regattapoint.org
John macker- September 01, 2015 - Report this comment
I lived in west Upton mass my dad worked for Leland Gifford co which made drilling machines to drill oil holes in crankshafts. When Johnson and evinrude came out with a 25 hp they gave my dad one before any dealers had them. We were water skiing. And the people at doc chauvins didn't,t know what to say we gave everyone on the lake a surprise those were the days
Peter C- February 11, 2016 - Report this comment
Martha, The Quinsigamond Boat Club still exists.
Bobbie Armstrong- April 27, 2017 - Report this comment
Every summer, we used to go to Tatassit Beach (not sure of the spelling. It was a private area, connected to a small Island where cottages were, and had a snack bar and huge sandy "beach" like a giant sandbox. It was owned by my mother's cousin Felix, and we took buses across town from Lincoln St. to get there. There was no sunscreen in the 1940's and I always came home with a sunburn.

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