Exhibit highlights ‘oasis of natural beauty’ in Plainville

Once known as the Great Pond and later named for a prominent family that lived near its banks, Plainville’s Hamlin Pond is both an important part of the Quinnipiac River watershed and a local haven for a diversity of nature.

The vibrant world of Hamlin Pond throughout the seasons is captured in a collection of photographs exhibited this summer at the Plainville Historic Center, 29 Pierce St. “Life on Hamlin Pond” includes captivating images of the wildlife, plant life and scenery that exist in a spot that too often goes unnoticed as we drive along the highways and roads nearby.

The exhibit is the work of Francis Rexford Cooley of Plainville, state representative from the 22nd District.

Cooley taught history and art history at Paier College, where he also served as dean. He writes professionally and often uses his own photography in his published work.

In describing the essence of the exhibit, Cooley said, “By observing – and photographing – Hamlin Pond over time, one encounters an ecosystem teeming with life, always changing from season to season, from morn to night, constantly cast in a new light. An oasis of natural beauty in our own backyard.”

On Sunday, Aug. 20, the Plainville Historical Society will host a special reception and meet-and-greet with Cooley from 3 to 5 p.m. Register by emailing plvhistorical@gmail.com with your name, number of people attending and a telephone number. 

The “Life on Hamlin Pond” exhibit will be on display throughout the summer. The Plainville Historic Center is open Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and by appointment. Elevator access is available. There is no charge for admission at the Plainville Historic Center. 


More From This Section