Walker Pond Information
WALKER POND Latitude and Longitude:
|Basin countries||United States|
|Surface area||104 acres (42 ha) |
|Average depth||7.5 ft (2.3 m) |
|Max. depth||16 ft (4.9 m) |
|Surface elevation||581 ft (177 m)|
The pond took its name from settler Rachael "Walker" Smith, a local resident who raised twelve Italian children there.  (The house, since demolished, was called the Perez Walker House in memory of Nathaniel Walker's grandson, a prominent townsman.)   In 1894, the town of Sturbridge voted to rename the pond Tantousque Lake,  from an Indian word meaning "located between two breast-shaped hills."  The traditional Indian name did not, however, stick.
According to a 1980 survey, the pond contains largemouth bass, chain pickerel, yellow perch, white perch, bluegill, pumpkinseed, brown bullhead, white suckers, and golden and bridled shiners.  It is a popular place for ice fishing.
- "Walker Pond Sturbridge" (PDF). Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife. Retrieved 2008-02-25.
- Josiah Temple (1887). History of North Brookfield, Massachusetts. North Brookfield. p. 769. OCLC 16274445. 
- George Davis, A Historical Sketch of Sturbridge and Southbridge, 47. 
- Nina Fletcher Little, American Decorative Wall Painting, 24
- Proceedings of the Worcester Society of Antiquity (1894), 106
- Levi Chase, The Bay Path and Along the Way, 85