Dana, Massachusetts - 1801 - 1938
On Sunday May 2, 2010 we were invited by our friends
and tour guides Susan and Alan Trudeau to a hike of
Dana, Massachusetts. Dana is one of the four Swift River
Valley towns [Dana, Enfield, Greenwich and Prescott] in
central Mass., sacrificed in 1938 to create the Quabbin
Reservoir providing water to Boston.
Alan, a native resident, and experienced lifetime area
hiker, provided all the necessary details including
historic reference photos, additional insider information,
and fabulous fecal facts. Thanks to Susan for her usual
exuberance, liberal applications of bug spray, and most
of all saving two inexperienced hikers from sure
exhaustion by knowing, as the temperature approached
90 degrees, when it was time to quit !
By all accounts a good time was had by all, my local
education was increased, and it was a great photo
opportunity. Good friends and good times - it doesn't get
much better !
The parts of Dana, including the town common, that
were not submerged by the reservoir, reveal stone walls,
building foundations, and utility fixtures, leaving one
with a close sense of connection with a disconnected
Thanks to our fearless leaders Susan and Alan Trudeau for
a wonderful experience - We will return !