New Trails in Williamsburg Showcasing Local History| Volunteers & Donations

May 1 2016

 

Source: Williamsburg Woodland Trails

The dam ruins in 1874 — Source: Williamsburg Woodland Trails

In 1874, Williamsburg’s 600′ dam unexpectedly burst creating a flood that wiped through the four mill villages (Williamsburg, Skinnerville, Haydenville, and Leeds) and finally settled in Florence. The dam was crafted by local factory owners to provide a reliable source of water power to their mills. At the time, the flood was the worst major dam disaster in the United States, barreling out 600 million gallons of water and killing 139 people.

To showcase this historic event, local landowners, the Northampton Water Department and the Williamsburg Woodland Trails Committee will be developing new pedestrian trails. The hike through the ruins created by this devastating flood will continue to retell the story of this piece of local history. Find out more about the Historic Dam Trail.

Want to lend a hand? Currently looking for volunteers and donations to help with construction. Help out here!

 

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