Lost Towns of the Quabbin: A Natural and Historical Field Trip

October 22, 2022 (Saturday) 9:00am-4:00pm


Quabbin Reservoir


David Gallup - Springfield Naturalist Club






Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.

Join David Gallup 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 has been expanded to include the Enfield Lookout to view the Quabbin Reservoir; the Quabbin Cemetery to view artifacts from the four towns lost to the Reservoir (Enfield, Prescott, Greenwich, and Dana) as well as Hardwick, which resembles what Dana looked like during the early 1900s.
On this four-mile round trip walk, we will journey on an old road through the open forest, with stops along the way to explore the history and wildlife of the region. Once at Dana Commons, we will examine the cellar holes, stone walls, sidewalks, and streets of this town frozen in time. David has many surprises, including rare photographs of the beautiful Dana homes that stood there 100 years ago.

Instructions and Directions:

Meet at the road side of the CVS plaza at the intersection of Routes 9 and 202 in Belchertown. Please bring a lunch and water. Rain date for this program is Sunday, October 23. Advance registration required. You must withdraw at least a week prior to the date of the program to receive a refund. This program will be conducted in accordance with current Municipal, State, and Mass Audubon Covid-19 protocols. The program will take place entirely outdoors. Rain date for this program is Sunday, October 23.

Registration is required.

Meeting Place:

Quabbin Reservoir
Email [email protected] for more information.