Since 1835, when Ziba Beardsley declared, "The water is as clear as crystal," generations of people have enjoyed the area's spring-fed lake. The pages of this book take readers on a trip back through time to learn more about the twin towns of Nunda and Crystal Lake and their eventual union. Meet some of Crystal Lake's first settlers, as well as those who came later, and discover how they shaped the community. See photographs and descriptions of summer resorts, country clubs, parks, schools, and churches. Trace the development of both Virginia Street and the historic downtown district through vintage street scenes. Some of the buildings shown in Crystal Lake were removed long ago, yet others are still standing to serve as silent reminders of the community's rich and proud heritage.