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Compiled by Cindy Brown and Laurel O'Donnell
Churches and Religious History
Congregational church gathered as Quabbin Parish in 1749. Records are continuous to 1938.
Thomas Conuel, Quabbin: The Accidental Wilderness (Brattleboro: The Stephen Greene Press, 1981).
J.R. Green, The Creation of Quabbin Reservoir: The Death of the Swift River Valley (Athol: The Transcript Press, 1981).
Evelina Gustafson, Ghost Towns 'Neath the Quabbin Reservoir (Boston: Amity Press, 1948).
Donald W. Howe, et al., Quabbin: The Lost Valley (Ware: The Quabbin Book House, 1951).
Francis H. Underwood, Quabbin: The Story of a Small Town with Outlooks on Puritan Life (1893; republished by Northeastern Univ. Press, 1986).
Swift River Valley Historical Society, located in the Whitaker-Clary House and North Prescott Church on Elm Street. Photographs and memorabilia offer a look at the history of the four towns that were flooded to create the Quabbin Reservoir, as well as portions of New Salem that were lost. Displays include a fire truck, circa 1920, from the town of Dana and the New Salem guide post from the 1850's. The buildings housing the exhibits are historical structures. Open July and August, Wednesday and Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m. Call 508-544-6882 or 413-548-9234 for more information.
Quabbin Reservoir, along Route 202, consists of 39 square miles of reservoir on 81,000 acres of reservation land. The Quabbin is a protected drinking water supply for nearly half the people of Massachusetts. I have been told the vital records for the "lost towns" of Enfield, Prescott, Dana and Greenwich are available here, call the MDC Quabbin Visitor Center at Winsor Dam in Belchertown at 413-323-7221 for further information.
Other Pertinent Links
Quabbin Reservoir with photographs from Greenwich.
Satisfying the Thirst for Clean Water, Environmental Defense Fund.
The Greenwich Goldmine
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