Exploring Quabbin: Finding the boundary markers of the four lost towns of Dana, Enfield, Greenwich, and Prescott
Friday, February 27 at 12:15 p.m.
The boundaries of the four lost towns were marked by some 62 markers, most of them scraggly granite posts. A total of 41 of these posts are located above water, and 21 are now inaccessible, except possibly in time of severe drought. In the 1970s and 1980s, Bob Romer found and photographed about 35 of the markers. In this talk, he will describe some of his techniques for finding those markers and his epic journeys through the wilds of Quabbin to find two markers of particular interest. Map skills, a good compass, and an ability to count steps were essential. In those days, the GPS, which would have made it too easy, was not available. And, Lyme disease–which would have made bushwhacking through the underbrush much less fun-was essentially unknown.
Bob Romer is an emeritus professor of physics at Amherst College. Since his “retirement” in 2001, he has devoted much of his energy and time to uncovering the history of slavery in the valley in colonial times, as well as the history of the black communities of Amherst in more recent times. He is the author of Slavery in the Connecticut Valley of Massachusetts (Levellers Press, 2009). He has held the post of fence viewer in the Town of Amherst for about 35 years.
Join us with your lunch in hand. We will provide coffee, tea or cider for you as you listen to the presentations. The 30-minute program will begin promptly at 12:15 with seating and beverages ready just before noon. The lectures are free and everyone is welcome to attend.
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