Enfield Bi-Centennial Observance
When: Saturday, August 13, 2016 11 am – 5 pm (rain date Sunday, August 14, 2016, 11-5)
Where: Hanks Picnic Area, Quabbin Park, Ware, MA
A fun, family day to commemorate what would have been the 200th Anniversary of the Incorporation of the former town of Enfield, Mass.
11:00 – Parade (line up at Webster Road)
11:30 – Opening Ceremony
12:00 -2:00 – Barbershop Quartet
12:30 & 2:30 – Interpretive Walks
2:00-4:00 – Vintage Baseball Game
4:00-5:00 – Belchertown Community Band
All Day – Re-enactors, Historical Societies,
Nipmuc Maiden Dancers and speakers, Dana Fire Truck, Quabbin Cookbook sales
Parking: Limited Parking at Hanks Picnic Area, access through Middle Entrance Only
Roadside parking in designated areas from East Entrance
NO THROUGH TRAFFIC from 10 am – 4 pm from East Entrance to Middle Entrance
Additional Parking with shuttle service at Quabbin Lookout Tower, access through Middle Entrance only
Do Not Bring: Alcoholic Beverages, Pets , Grills. All regular Quabbin Rules and Regulations apply
Chairs: Bring your own chair. Limited seating available for Opening Ceremonies.
Food: Bring your own food and beverages. NO FOOD for sale on site. Limited water available for sale.
For more information, please contact the Quabbin Visitors Center at
413-323-7221, or visit the Friends of Quabbin website: www.foquabbin.org
This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of Quabbin, Inc., the Swift River Valley Historical Society and the Department of Conservation and Recreation – Division of Water Supply Protection.
For over 75 years the Swift River Valley Historical Society in New Salem, Massachusetts, has kept alive the story of the villages and four “lost” towns of the Swift River Valley. In 1938 the people of Dana, Enfield, Greenwich, and Prescott—and several nearby villages—were forced to leave their homes, farms and businesses to allow the creation of the Quabbin Reservoir to provide clean water for the growing city of Boston to the east. No more straw hats would be made here, no sledding parties, celebrations on the town common, or worship at the churches built by the early settlers. The lives of 2500 people and their descendants were forever changed by this event.
Their towns are lost, but their stories are not. By caring for the objects and reminiscences once owned or told by farmers, shopkeepers, housewives, and children, the Swift River Valley Historical Society provides a look at life in the Swift River Valley before the Quabbin—and honors the sacrifice and sorrow of the many who once called it home.
Photo Credit: Quabbin Reservoir, courtesy of Dale Monette, DCR Vistitor Center