Turners Falls Massachusetts
Turners Falls is a picturesque mill town on the Connecticut river with a charming and active historic downtown and several old mill buildings that have fallen into disuse. Turners falls was built as a planned industrial city in the late 1860s. The Montague power canal was constructed to divert flow from the Connecticut river around Turners falls. Several paper mills, a cutlery factory and a textile mill were built in the 1870s making use of hydropower from the canal. The canal is still being used to generate a small amount of electricity.
There is a beautiful abandoned mill southwest of downtown. There are several other mill buildings in town in various states of use. A bike path has been built alongside the canal and there are a couple of parking areas for accessing the canal-side path. It's a very nice town to walk around. The downtown historic district is lively with shops restaurants and has a nice park with a view of the dam and falls.