Few Boston residents know that the water filling their downtown
sinks comes from a huge reservoir some 65 miles west of Boston,
the Quabbin. Even fewer know the story of how four towns in an
idyllic valley setting were utterly destroyed, leveled, and burnt
to the ground in the late 30s to build the Quabbin, the biggest
drinking water reservoir of the era.
"Haunting the Quabbin: Inside Out"
explores what had to be done to get water supplies to Boston to
quench its thirst in the late 30s. The building of the Quabbin
Reservoir displaced twenty-five hundred people.
In this documentary, Inside Out's Sean Cole meets
the valley residents who were forced to move out. They still have
vivid memories of their lives in the towns that were destroyed.
Cole chronicles the dramatic manner in which the Swift River
Valley was flooded and the effect on its residents. What happened
is still part of who they are and how they live.
Click here to play an MP3 of Haunting the Quabbin.