The town of Dana was flooded to create the Quabbin Reservoir. All 7,613 burials in the watershed were exhumed and 6,601 were removed to Quabbin Park Cemetery in 1938. The remaining 1,012 burials went to other cemeteries.
The land that remains from Dana now is part of Petersham in Worcester County.
Vital Records for Dana are held by the Commonwealth
Contact: Quabbin Visitor Center
485 Ware Road
Belchertown, MA 01007
The New Salem Historical Society on Rte 202 also holds a wealth of information about the towns now under the Quabbin.
G.R.2 Vital Records of Dana Massachusetts to the Year 1850
Note: The center of Dana can be hiked into from Quabbin Gate 40 off Rte 32A in Petersham. The Petersham Road is still paved and relatively flat. It is not accessible to vehicular traffic. About 3/4 of a mile along is where the Barre-Dana Road (coming from the southeast) and the Petersham Road met. The cemetery's location is on the right (North) on the way to Dana.
GPS Coordinates: 42.42292, -72.22236
- Added: 14 Dec 2010
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2381009
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