In July of 1926, plans were finalized by the Board of Directors of Connecticut Light & Power to clear out the Rocky River Valley to form a man-made lake to produce electricity. 4,500 acres had to be cleared, and six cemeteries worth of corpses had to be relocated.

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In February of 1928, with the valley all cleared out, water began gushing in from the Housatonic River, and Candlewood Lake began to form. But did all the residents that lived in the valley make it out? Maybe not, says short story writer Kristi Petersen Schoonover from her blog, "Legends of Candlewood Lake."