Spy Pond

It’s hard to imagine an old lady being brave enough to challenge a bunch of soldiers. But that’s what happened at Spy Pond in Arlington, Mass., on April 19, 1775.

That day, several battles in various towns marked the beginning of the Revolutionary War.

Mother Batherick, an elderly woman, was out gathering dandelions in the area of Spy Pond, a 103-acre kettle hole with a two-acre island in the middle. Somehow, she managed to capture six British Redcoats and deliver them to a Minute Man Captain.

Batherick told the soldiers, “If you ever live to get back, you tell King George than an old women took six of his grenadiers prisoner,” according to the PBS website featuring tales from the day.

Y’all. Mother Batherick was a badass. Those dudes had guns, she had a fistful of dandelions.

The area around Spy Pond was also used as a training spot for the Union Army prior to the Civil War in 1875-1876.

During the 19th century, people used a frozen Spy Pond to harvest ice, with ice being shipped as far away as India.

Local legend also says Spy Pond has its own monster. The tale states that the Borges family purchased a Komodo Dragon and in 1990, released it on Elizabeth Island. Although there is no evidence to support this, Arlington children often refer to the creature as “Lizzie.”

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