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Enfield, Massachusetts, USA*

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Enfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA
*TOWN NO LONGER EXISTS DUE TO THE CREATION OF THE QUABBIN RESERVOIR

Enfield was a town in Hampshire County, Massachusetts, incorporated in 1816 from portions of Greenwich and Belchertown. It was named in honor of one of its early settlers, Robert Field. General Joseph Hooker, Union general during the American Civil War, was once a resident, and his grandfather was once a town leader. It was centered at the junction of the east and west branches of the Swift River, and the Athol Branch of the Boston and Albany Railroad ran through the town. The town bordered six other towns - Belchertown, Pelham, Greenwich, Prescott, Ware, and Hardwick.

Enfield was disincorporated on April 28, 1938 and portions of the town were annexed to the adjacent towns of Belchertown, New Salem, Pelham, and Ware. (Not all of the former town is presently in Hampshire County; the portion ceded to New Salem is now in Franklin County.) The headquarters of the Metropolitan District Commission during the construction of the Quabbin Reservoir was located in the former town, and was the last building razed in the Swift River Valley, in 1940. The majority of the town center now lies submerged beneath the reservoir, although the Quabbin Observatory and Enfield Lookout, located on scenic Quabbin Hill, as well as the main entrance and headquarters of Quabbin State Park, a popular tourist destination with an emphasis on state history and nature, are all within the former town's limits.wikipedia


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Enfield, Massachusetts, USA* - The Gillett Residence, Enfield, Mass.

GILLETT-TYLER HOUSE, 103 Circle Road, a.k.a. 103 The Circle, Staten Island.
Built c.1846, Re-constructed 1931, Additions 1932 and 198
Enfield, Massachusetts, USA*

The Gillett Residence, Enfield, Mass.

GILLETT-TYLER HOUSE, 103 Circle Road, a.k.a. 103 The Circle, Staten Island.
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Enfield, Massachusetts, USA* - Quabbin Dam, Enfield, Mass.
Enfield, Massachusetts, USA*

Quabbin Dam, Enfield, Mass.

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13. ENFIELD. [Pop. 976. Inc. 1816.]
Enfield was taken from Greenwich and Belchertown. It is watered by Ware River and one of its...Read MORE...

1859
ENFIELD, a township in Hampshire co., in Massachusetts, 75 m. W by S of Boston, on Swift river....Read MORE...

Enfield Massachusetts, 1890
Enfield is a farming town of varied and picturesque scenery, lying in the easterly part of...Read MORE...

News  1896 - EXTENSIVE FIRE IN ENFIELD, MASS.
Athol, Mass., Oct. 19. - The town of Enfield was visited to-day by a fire which wiped out the whole ...Read MORE...

1916
Enfield, a post-village of Hampshire co., Mass., in Enfield township (town), on the Swift River and ...Read MORE...

1927 - Quabbin Reservoir
"In 1927, the Massachusetts State Legislature officially declared the valley would become the...Read MORE...

Quabbin


Quabbin Presentation2 (www.youtube.com)

The Past & Present of Quabbin Reservoir


The Past & Present of Quabbin Reservoir (www.youtube.com)
1938 - Enfield's Town Hall is probably best remembered as the site of the April 27, 1938, Farewell Ball,
"commemorating the passing of the Town of Enfield and Swift River Valley", held the evening before...Read MORE...


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