The purpose of this blog is to share the innate marvels of the Quabbin Valley, situated in Central Massachusetts, in illustrious detail and based on my own first-hand experiences. If feasible, pictures will be integrated with every account.
So what is the “Quabbin Valley?” The Quabbin Valley is an expanse of Central Massachusetts that is formerly known as the Swift River Valley. A portion of the Quabbin Valley was designated to be the next supply of water for an ever-growing City of Boston. It was decided in 1926 that the Swift River would be dammed and 4 towns (Prescott, Enfield, Greenwich, and Dana) would be flooded and a reservoir subsequently created in order to facilitate a response to the growing water needs of Boston.
After years of courtroom contests, the flooding began in 1930 and was complete in 1939. At present, when full, the Quabbin Reservoir holds 412 billion gallons of water. The Quabbin is named for a Nipmuck Indian word that roughly translates to “the meeting place of many waters,” and nothing could be a more apposite name for this location.
Most of the watershed, if not all, was off-limits for the greater part of the commencement of Quabbin’s history, which led to a sudden increase in the inborn wildlife in and around the watershed, earning itself the nickname, “The Accidental Wilderness,” among scores of other terms of endearment. I call it New England’s Best-Kept Secret!
Today nearly all of the watershed is open to the public. However all of the islands located in the water, half of the water itself, and Prescott Peninsula are all still off-limits to the public. I anticipate that Prescott Peninsula will be open to the public in the near future, contributing approximately 100% more space to explore and share.
Aside from the actual reservoir, this blog is for the entire Quabbin Valley as well, so while the focus is on the reservoir, there will be pages & categories devoted to the proximate communities also. As I learn how WordPress works, I will be updating, organizing, and making changes.
The primary focus of this blog is to provide detailed information about every square inch of the Quabbin, but I will also be complementing the Quabbin with every natural wonder of each community in what is known today as, The Quabbin Valley. Check back regularly, as I will be updating at least once every week, and if you have questions or would like to recommend a review of a local area, please visit the “Contact” page to get in touch with me.
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