Our family history...
The property has been in the Raymond Family for over half a century. Guests from around the world have been renting the cottages for the last 35 years. In the 1950s Bob’s grandfather purchased the property from the town of Goshen, which at the time was the town’s public beach. Two structures at the waterfront were the bathhouse and concession stand. Mr. Raymond pulled the structures away from the lake and placed them alongside the road. He then added enclosed front porches to those structures (thus becoming cottages), built a third cottage and a little brick house for himself. The cottages and the house by the lake then became the Raymond family summer compound. Remnants of the cottages’ former beachside lives can be seen in the shapes of the windows and the layout of their interiors.
Dina & Bob Raymond bought the property in 2000. This will be our 20th year here!
The town has a rural atmosphere, with one general store, post office, library, and fire station. The town encompasses both the Upper and Lower Highland lakes, with the Upper being a part of the D.A.R. State Forest. Lower Highland Lake is occupied by families who own year-round and summer properties.
Colorless beryl is called goshenite. The name originates from Goshen, Massachusetts, where it was originally discovered. In the past, goshenite was used for manufacturing eyeglasses and lenses due to its transparency. Nowadays, it is most commonly used for gemstones.
The gem value of goshenite is relatively low. However, goshenite can be colored yellow, green, pink, blue and in intermediate colors by irradiating it with high-energy particles. The resulting color depends on the content of Calcium, Scandium, Titanium, Vanadium, Iron, and Cobalt impurities.