Wachusett Dam and Reservoir

The Italian Camps

This huge project would require workers, skilled and unskilled, by the thousands.

Workers and laborers came from around the country for the opportunity to work

A large contingent of single men arrived from Italy to take up temporary residence in rough camps. The contractors provided them a military style commissary for food.

Young and old, these men worked hard until the project ended and returned home or went elsewhere in search of work.

A significant number settled in the area; many of their descendants are here still.

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