Prescott (submerged to form Quabbin Reservoir)

Name:

Prescott Submerged To Form Quabbin Reservoir

County:

Prescott Submerged To Form Quabbin Reservoir

Zip Code:

 

Latitude / Longitude:

42°23’30 N 72°20’41 W

Elevation:

 

Time Zone:

Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)

Comments:

The Quabbin Valley is a region of Massachusetts in the United States. The region consists of areas drained by the Quabbin Reservoir and accompanying river systems in Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, and Worcester counties. The area is sometimes known as the Swift River Valley region, a reference to the Swift River, which was dammed to form the reservoir.

Remains:

At its most restrictive, the Quabbin-Swift River Valley includes the towns immediately bordering the reservoir and lower length of the river. These towns include Belchertown, Hardwick, New Salem, Pelham, Petersham, Shutesbury, Palmer, and Ware.

Established:

1822

Disestablished:

April 28, 1938

Current Status:

Upon the construction of the Quabbin Reservoir, four additional towns in the valley were officially disincorporated, their area absorbed by surrounding municipalities. These towns are Dana, Enfield, Greenwich, and Prescott.

Remarks:

Many people living in those towns fought unsuccessfully to prevent construction of the reservoir, arguing that it was unfair to move the Swift River Valley inhabitants to provide drinking water for Boston residents, and the movement has become a part of Western Massachusetts folklore.

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