Windham Town Seal

A bull frog?
It all began over 240 years ago.

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Windham's Seal

Toward morning the sounds in the air seemed to die away. In the morning the whole cause of alarm, which produced such distressing apprehensions among the good people of the town was apparent to all who took the trouble to go to a certain mill pond situated about three fourths of a mile Eastward of the village. This pond, hereafter, in the annals of fame, is forever to be called the Frog Pond. In consequence of a severe drought which had prevailed many weeks, the pond had become nearly dry, and the Bull Frogs, with which it was densely populated at the mill, fought a pitched battle on the sides of the ditch which ran through it, for possession and enjoyment of the fluid which remained.

Long and obstinately was the contest, and many thousands of the combatants were found dead on both sides of the ditch the next morning.

Windham Frog Pond

It had been uncommonly still for several hours before the battle commenced, but suddenly as if by a preconcerted agreement every frog on one side of the ditch raised the war cry, Colonel Dyer, Colonel Dyer, and at the same instant from the opposite side resounded the adverse shout of Elderkin too, Elderkin too.

Owing to some peculiar state of the atmosphere, the awful noises and cries appeared to the distressed Windhamites to be directly over their heads."

It should be noted that at this time, in the summer of 1758, the people of eastern Connecticut were expecting an attack from French and Indian forces from Canada. Also, Colonels Dyer and Elderkin, two famous local lawyers, were at the center of controversy regarding the high fees they were charging their clients. Some locals believed that the noises came from vengeful spirits who had come to punish Elderkin and Dyer for their greed. The two men also had many political enemies.

  The End.