Super Natural

Photograph by Rob Karosis

A cedar-clad retreat in the White Mountains

In fall 1989, Portland attorneys Debbie Mann and Geoff Cummings set off to look at a property on Stoneham’s Horseshoe Pond. It was pristine: 3 wooded acres in “the frog,” the landmass that juts deep into the pond and is named for the triangular horny pad on a horse’s hoof. Conserved and public lands surround the pond’s outer curve. But the water looked shallow — the Achilles’ heel of many lakefront spots. So Cummings stripped down and plunged in. When he rose to the surface a few moments later, Mann said, “Sold!”

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