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The town of New Salem was affected greatly by the construction of the Quabbin Reservoir, one of the largest man-made water supplies in the country, which supplies the drinking water for nearly half of Massachusetts. Much of the town is off-limits wilderness controlled by the Department of Conservation and Recreation. The people of New Salem are next door to 39 square miles of reservoir on 81,000 acres of reservation land for fishing, hiking, birdwatching, hunting, biking, and other outdoor activities.

New Salem lies at the southeastern corner of Franklin County and is south of Route 2 and the major through road is Route 202.

New Salem has a charming town common and is a beautiful part of Franklin County.

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Four neighboring towns were flooded for the creation of the Quabbin. At the Swift River Valley Historical Institute, there are displays showing the history of those four lost towns. Also a historical place, the 1794 Meeting House is a church turned performing arts center which hosts concerts and fundraising events.

The Outdoors

Another nature reserve close to the Quabbin is Bear’s Den. This six-acre area has a 100-foot deep gorge, which is said to have been a meeting place for Indian tribes. The short, moderate difficulty trail also leads to a beautiful waterfall.

Quabbin Reservoir, along Route 202, consists of 39 square miles of reservoir on 81,000 acres of reservation land. The Quabbin is a protected drinking water supply for nearly half the people of Massachusetts.  Whether you are just visiting the western Massachusetts area or have lived here your whole life, a summer cannot be complete without a visit to the Quabbin Reservoir.Few places match the magnificent scenery of the Quabbin Reservoir. This destination includes 181 miles of shoreline and is known as one of the most beautiful and serene places in New England for walking, hiking, and picnicking.

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New Salem Old Home Days, is an annual summer festival that features crafts, games, food and music. Held on the fourth Saturday in July. It is held in the center of town.

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