Abandoned

Sidecar

TO ALL THOSE

WHO

SACRIFICED

THEIR LAND AND

WAY OF LIFE

Dana Common

        SITES & SIGHTS Tower Hill Botanic Garden - Boylston, MA Dana, Massachusetts July Third Location Photos

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

past.

Thanks to our fearless leaders Susan and Alan Trudeau for

a wonderful experience -  We will return !

 
 

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