LOST MANSFIELD # 10: THE GEORGE CLARK HOUSE, MANSFIELD HOLLOW. For several decades this was the homestead and farm of the George Clark family.
The house was one of several on Bassetts Bridge Road that were demolished when the Mansfield Hollow Dam was constructed. The house stood behind the dike, approximately where the entrance to the Mansfield Hollow State Park is now located.
In 1968, Mae (Clark) Bradley wrote with some bitterness about her family’s loss: “Flood control dam and dikes took us out of home … and the old home place [George Clark’s] was put into a park along with our homeland. We spent 37 happy years here. The government put it into a park and the river was put into a lake (some change). Hardly think it was necessary for flood control. It’s 20 years later as I pen this in 1968 and no signs of needing it.”
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