Peterson’s Sawmill Pond

595 Congress St, Duxbury, MA 02332, USA

Owned By: Town of Duxbury

This small but picturesque pond on Route 14 in Duxbury is suitable for fishing and paddling. It is located between Congress Street, Franklin Street, and Union Bridge Road.


In the 1730s, Reuben Peterson (1710-1795) dammed Phillips Brook to power a sawmill, creating this pond. Look behind the Ashdod fire station to see the mill’s foundation stones. The dam is right underneath today’s Congress Street (Route 14).

Trail Description

No trails, but you can walk for a short distance along the water’s edge on Route 14.

Habitats and Wildlife

The pond is surrounded by pine and oak forest. Phillips Brook flows through the pond and continues northeast into the Camp Wing Conservation Area, where it flows into the South River. The South River is a major tributary to the North River.

595 Congress St, Duxbury, MA 02332, USA

Historic Site: No

Park: No

Beach: No

Boat Launch: Yes

Lifeguards: No

Hours: Dawn to dusk.

Parking: Limited roadside parking, in varying locations, for 5-6 cars

Cost: Free

Trail Difficulty: Medium

Dogs: Dogs must remain on leash. Scoop the poop!

Boat Ramp: No

ADA Access: No

Scenic Views: Yes

Waterbody/Watershed: Phillips Brook (South River watershed)

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