Enfield was the most Southerly of the four lost towns. It was incorporated in 1816 and had originated as Quabbin Parish in the late 1780's. If you visit the Quabbin you'll no doubt want to walkacross the Winsor Dam. When you do, look out at the water and you'll be looking at the resting place of Enfield Massachusetts. Be sure to go up to the lookout tower on Quabbin Hill. Note that before America was attacked on September 11, 2001 you could drive your car across the Winsor Dam. Quabbin, and America changed forever that day.
Enfield had the highest population of the Quabbin towns (1000) Its farming and industrial base made it one of the wealthiest in the state prior to the civil war.By the early 1920's it, and the other three towns had fallen on hard times. Many people had moved out of Enfield and in 1920 only about 2000 people lived in the Quabbin towns. This declining economic picture seemed to seal the fate of Enfield.
On April 27, 1937 a farewell ball was held at the Enfield Town Hall. This ball commemerated the last day of existence for Enfield Massachusetts. About a thousand people crammed into the Enfield Town Hall and another two thousand stood outside. A few minutes before midnight the orchestra stopped playing and a hush fell over the crowd. At the stroke of midnight the band played Auld Lang Syne. Many people at the ball wept while they danced. Enfield Massachusetts had slipped into history.
As if to add insult to injury early in World War II big artillery guns were fired into the flooding town to test their accuracy.
Enfield Town Hall. Site of the farewell ball.
Looking up the valley of the west branch of the Swift River
Mill Pond, Enfield. The brick building is the town hall. the steeple marks the Enfield Congregational church. Ponds like this one can often be seen beneath Quabbins water if you have a practiced eye. They can also be detected by depth change on a boat's sonar.
Beautiful Smiths Village, about a mile north of Enfield. Current residents are salmon and lake trout.
The end at Enfield. All that remains is the old town hall. The people of Boston are thirsty and the water is rising.
This was the last operating post office in the Swift River valley, it closed January 14, 1939. This photo was taken in 1938 and shows the post office as part of an ice cream bar (Rocky Road not available.) A Masonic Block is on the left.
Enfield Railroad Station
Enfield Manufacturing Company
Thanks to Jim Pelletier for the Enfield sign at the top of this page