Legend of Becky's Garden:
A Lake Winnipesaukee Legend
Legend of Becky's Garden, an island on Lake Winnipesaukee
The Legend of Becky's Garden is about a
girl named Rebecca. Rebecca was one of many siblings in a Center Harbor
family. Her sisters were said to be "spoiled rotten girls" that always
prettied themselves up looking for that one rich man they could cal
Rebecca was a pretty young girl who enjoyed
the simple things in life, including gardening around her family home.
Her gardens were her prize possession and she guarded them closely. One
afternoon, her father's cattle escaped from their holding area,
trampling and defecating in the beautiful gardens. Becky was horrified
and deeply saddened by the destruction her father's cattle had caused to
her gardens. Some suspect that Becky's sisters let the cattle out to do
damage to Becky's gardens.
Becky's father felt terrible by the
accident and offered her any island she wanted on Lake Winnipesaukee.
Her sisters were highly offended that Becky would get her own island and
they all wanted one too. After much debate their father agreed to give
all of them their own island, but Becky would get the first choice of
any island on the Lake because of what had happened to her gardens. Her
sisters were once again upset by the news that Becky had the first
choice and taunted her terribly. Becky felt bad for her sisters, so she
chose the smallest island in the entire lake, allowing her sisters to
get any of the larger islands they wanted, which they did. The island
Becky chose was just a small pile of rocks with some bushes on them.
The news of Becky's generosity to her
sisters was heard by many, including a wealthy young lad that was very
intrigued by who this generous, loving woman was. He found out where she
lived and paid her a visit, he was very attracted to her and they soon
Even though Becky chose the smallest island
on Lake Winnipesaukee so that her selfish sisters could pick out the
huge, luxurious islands they so desired, Becky found love with a wealthy
young man and lived a happy life. Becky's sisters on the other hand,
lived lonely lives on their huge islands.
It is now said that the smallest island produced the biggest results.
This small island on Lake Winnipesaukee, now known as Becky's Garden, is
adorned with a mini house that offers every detail, so the island can
still be called inhabited and is still known as Becky's Garden.
New Hampshire Legends, Mysteries and Folklore