Posted by caitlin on November 13, 1999 at 15:30:21:
In Reply to: Re: The Bass Pond posted by MMMMarcia on November 13, 1999 at 07:37:42:
: : : Rich, why is it called Bass Pond? Regards, Violet.
: : Well, I can think of the obvious answer, but I'm not 100% sure that's correct. Will find out from those who know & get back to you!
: Hi, Rich & Violet...just in case Violet isn't familiar with our flora and fauna, let me say that the "obvious answer" would be that it is named after a fish. Bass are one of sports fishermen's dream catches...lovely to look at, delightful to EAT! Mayhap the pond was full of them? Or stocked with them? Or, as Rich suggests, maybe there's another story.
Well, I looked up the Bass pond in our newly acquired (Gathering June 99) "A Guide To Biltmore Estate" and it says:
"BASS POND AND LAGOON-
Water features were an important aspect of the pastoral landscape, and Olmsted (the designer) planned two for the Estate. The Bass Pond, created from an old creekfed millpond, is just south of the Azalea Garden. Guests out for a walk at the end of the gardens could rest at the boathouse or take in the view from a footbridge. ---> (LOTM?!)
In addition to its beauty, the Pond is remarkable for an engineering feat: Olmsted installed a flume system for flood control that pipes debris-filled storm water under the lake bed. The placid Lagoon is located on the lower drive and acts as a mirror for the maple, sweet gum, and river birch lining its shore and for the western facade of the House. Like the Bass Pond, the Lagoon was used by the Vanderbilts' guests for recreation."
@1999 the Biltmore Company
Just wets your appetite for a visit, eh? (excuse the pun)
My assumption is that they stocked the pond with bass fish, hence the name.
Hopes this helps
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