• Students at South Peak

    Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller

    National Historical Park Vermont

Wetlands, Marshes and Swamps

Pogue Panorama

Pogue panorama

Ed Sharron

The largest wetland feature in the park is the man-made 14 acre pond known as the Pogue. Originally, this area was a swampy depression resting below the parks tallest point. Frederick Billings would later on dam this area creating the pond we see today. The Pogue provides habitat for fish, turtles, frogs, ducks, herons, and otters.
Trees line the banks of the Pogue, a quiet mountain pond. Photo by Emily Sloan.

A gentle 3/4-mile walk loops around the Pogue.

Emily Sloan

How did the Pogue get its name?

The origin of its name is still in question. One theory believes it is derived from an Abenaki word describing the area. Another theory holds that it is an old Scottish word and was given to the boggy area by an early settler to Woodstock. Please note: There is no swimming, fishing, or wading allowed in the Pogue.

Did You Know?

A detail from sculpted Shaw Memorial, showing a man on horseback and soldiers marching alongside. NPS Photo.

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP offers the system's first Civil War Home Front tour. 11 African-American veterans of the 54th Massachusetts are buried adjacent to the park. The Shaw Memorial, immortalizing the 54th, can be seen at Saint-Gaudens NHS and Boston African-American NHS.