Danbury's Lake Waubeeka community, founded in 1951, is marking its 70th year.
It was created as a summer getaway for New Yorkers by a group of Jewish firefighters from New York City who purchased the 600-acre parcel in 1950 for $90,000. They adopted the name "Waubeeka," said to be an indigenous term for "high water." Music legend Carole King's father was one of the founders.
Those early settlers had put down $10 deposits that landed them the chance to purchase a bare bones, ranch-style, two-bedroom bungalow with unfinished walls and no central heating. Many of those original homes have been expanded, improved or replaced over the years, with other custom-built models springing up later.
The book "Lake Waubeeka: A Community History," is due out on May 17.