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I'm back! I've been on adventures lately, and it was exciting to see how many things there are to do in Central Massachusetts. If you are looking for a wicked adventure, and you have legs-and some time there are a places you can walk to see the hidden places around the corner. Quabbin Reservoir is the heart of Central Massachusetts. It's a massive man made lake that covered the towns of Dana, Enfield, Greenwich, and Prescott. There are moose, frisky porcupines, bear, wolves, and even rumors of infamous Cougar's jaunting happily around.
It's a highly protected place. There are consistent patrols ready to attack any speedy motorboat that might venture into the State police quadrant of waters. We didn't go that far, only fished and got a little too frisky with the motorboats.
There is the lost town of Dana at gate 43 that had to be seen. It's a collaboration of root cellars, old schoolhouse foundations, and basements where once flourishing hotels, churches and homes were located.
I loved it! We tramped over a yellow gate, and followed a old road, broken and in some places crumbled for a mile. The bear scat and snakes crossing the road while we walked were a little worrying. I hate snakes. The one that crossed our path was aggressive, it lunged at us, so we stepped fast around it. Carrying ever on, and not worrying too much about the abundant Black bears because they do in fact run from most noise.
The town of Dana was razed leaving cellar holes, basements, and etched stones in its place. The state maintains the road and the local area, with a marker locating the spot where the town was.
Getting lost in the Quabbin woods is at once magical and at the same time a little bit overwhelming. The forest has happily taken over towns that were once thriving for over a century in Massachusetts, while Boston gets to drink the pleasures of central massachusetts because this reservoir gives them their much needed drinking supply.
There used to be a town hall, and a church. There are a few pictures on the placards placed near them that show what used to sit in front of them about seventy years ago. Now it's a nest of brush, and overgrown herb gardens that keep reseeding themselves from someone's planting over a hundred years ago! It's pretty cool, we stumbled on wild dill and oregano.
The hike in the Quabbin will have you wondering if you went the right way, because a mile seems like four. There is nobody around, except for a few cameras that hang in random trees to watch the wildlife that go back and forth between the water down below and the uplands. You might feel like you are invading someones home, because you are. Not just the animals, but the ghost structures and the residents who lingered here for a hundred years before it was destroyed. You don't need to use much imagination to hear the bustle of the town, or see where the people mostly flocked because there is evidence everywhere.
There was a huge uproar over this eminent domain event that took over the towns int eh 1930s. You will find that most local residents are up to date on what happened, and hold memorial services every year for the bodies that were removed from the graveyards in the towns of Dana, and others. Rumors abound that you can see a steeple from Enfield's church on the water on clear day, hauntingly waiting for a toll that will never come. HUndreds of places like this exist all over the state.
Time to try it out.
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