Join Elizabeth Peirce at the Quabbin Visitor Center this Sunday, March 15th at 2 pm for a presentation, discussion and book signing–celebrating the publication of her third book, “Quabbin Valley, Live As It Was.” The new book will be available for purchase, along with her first two books: “The Lost Towns of the Quabbin Valley,” and “Quabbin Valley People and Places.” We hope to see you there!




Great Falls Discovery Center, Turners Falls, MA

Fridays & S
aturdays through March 28
10 am to 4 pm

(Call 413-863-3221 to confirm the hall is not closed for another event)
What’s in a Name? Villages, Hamlets, and Hollows of the Swift River Valley

View historic images from the SRVHS collection and colorful murals and 3-D art created by Althea Dabrowski’s Bernardston Elementary School students.

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For over 75 years the Swift River Valley Historical Society in New Salem, Massachusetts,  has kept alive the story of the villages and four “lost” towns of the Swift River Valley. In 1938 the people of Dana, Enfield, Greenwich, and Prescott—and several nearby villages—were  forced to leave their homes, farms and businesses to allow the creation of the Quabbin Reservoir to provide clean water for the growing city of Boston to the east. No more straw hats would be made here, no sledding parties, celebrations on the town common, or worship at the churches built by the early settlers. The lives of 2500 people and their descendants were forever changed by this event.

Their towns are lost, but their stories are not. By caring for the objects and reminiscences once owned or told by farmers, shopkeepers, housewives, and children, the Swift River Valley Historical Society provides a look at life in the Swift River Valley before the Quabbin—and  honors the sacrifice and sorrow of the many who once called it home.

Photo Credit: Quabbin Reservoir, courtesy of Dale Monette, DCR Vistitor Center