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The Lost Towns of the Quabbin: A Natural History and Historic Field Trip

Join Dave Gallup, president, Springfield Naturalists Society, on this hike back to the 19th century and discover the once thriving community of Dana – one of the four towns lost when the area was flooded to form the Quabbin Reservoir. This all-day adventure includes the Enfield Lookout to view the Quabbin Reservoir; the Quabbin Cemetery to view artifacts from the four towns lost to the reservoir; and Hardwick, which resembles what Dana looked like during the early 1900s.

On this four mile round-trip walk, you will journey on an old road through the open forest with stops along the way to explore the history and wildlife of the region. At Dana Commons, examine the cellar holes, stone walls, sidewalks, and streets of this town frozen in time, Dave has many surprises, including rare photographs of the beautiful Dana homes that stood one hundred years ago.

Bag lunch, bottled water, and shuttle bus transportation provided. Bring a camera. Due to ecological reasons, this hike is limited to 25 participants.

This event includes a four mile walk and a lot of standing. Fee: $35.



Sue Fontaine