I made this image in 2012 while standing near Goodnough Dike, one of two dams that created the Quabbin Reservoir. For those who haven’t read it here or elsewhere, four towns were disincorporated (Enfield, Greenwich, Prescott and Dana) and flooded in the late 1930’s to make a water supply for Boston’s growing needs. Most of the buildings and other structures were either demolished or taken apart for reuse, cemeteries were moved and most everything cleared ahead of the flooding.
However, not all was removed and this film explores the depths to see what remains. It’s a PBS feature from 2001 and is fascinating. It’s almost an hour long, so gather a drink and some snacks if you are interested in watching.
This could not happen today (at least I’d like to think that) but, putting the unfortunate fates of the townspeople aside, it is a wonderful place to explore and appreciate wildlife, plants and landscapes.