350 Plymouth Street, Pembroke, MA, USA
Owned By: Town of Pembroke
Small pond in a quiet setting, ideal for fishing, swimming, paddling, and seasonal ice skating.
Stetson Pond was probably named for a family that settled nearby on Plymouth Street. Summer cottages built in the 20th century gave way to year-round homes as the years passed. The average depth of the pond is 15 feet, with a maximum depth of 33 feet.
Before European colonists arrived, the Pembroke Ponds were home to a settlement of Mattakeesetts, a division of the Native American tribe known as the Massachusett. They named their settlement Namassakeesett, or “Place of Much Fish.” Primarily during the summer months, Native Americans would come to the Pembroke Ponds to fish and grow food.
Wampatuck (also known as White Goose and White Deer) was a sachem of the Mattakeesett tribe. He was born in 1627, and became sachem in 1672. He maintained a lodge just off the pathway between Furnace and Oldham Ponds. Wampatuck began selling his lands to European settlers in the 1640s or 1650s (although “selling” is a relative term, since the Europeans and Native Americans held distinctly different views on the notion of land ownership vs. use or stewardship). The area known as Mattakeeset — today’s Pembroke and Hanson — was transferred to the Europeans in 1662. However 1,000 acres of this area, directly abutting the ponds, was retained as property of Wampatuck and his descendants. Queen Patience, granddaughter of Wampatuck (sachem of the Massachusetts tribe), retained significant acreage on Furnace Pond, but sold it to European settlers before her death in 1788.
Habitats and Wildlife
Stetson is a natural pond, with a single inlet and a single outlet. The inlet is a channel connecting the pond to cranberry bogs immediately north. The outlet discharges to Chaffin Reservoir, to the southwest, part of the Monponsett Pond system. By 1794, there was a sawmill near its outlet. This and downstream mills blocked the herring run to Stetson Pond.
Some of the fish commonly found in Stetson Pond include largemouth bass, chain pickerel, white and yellow perch, golden shiner, pumpkinseed, brown bullhead, bluegill, and American eel.
Historic Site: No
Boat Launch: Yes
Size: 93 acres
Hours: Dawn to Dusk.
Parking: Limited on-site parking on Plymouth Street.
Trail Difficulty: No trails.
Fishing pier, launch for canoes and kayaks, small sandy beach.
Boat Ramp: No
ADA Access: No
Scenic Views: Yes
Waterbody/Watershed: Taunton River watershed