When the four Quabbin towns were disincorporated in April of 1938 it was more than just a legal decision. Families which had lived in the towns for generations were forced to move, separating from friends, neighbors and relatives.

Local author Elena Palladino lives in one of the homes whose elements were moved out of Enfield. In her book, Lost Towns of the Swift River Valley, she writes about the former owner of the house, Marion Andrews Smith, and highlights as well two other Enfield residents: Dr. Willard Segur, the country doctor, and Edwin Henry Howe, the postmaster and proprietor of the general store, all of whom had deep personal ties to the Swift River Valley.

Ms Palladino is scheduled to talk on Friday, November 17, at  noon in the Woodbury Room of the Jones Library.

And note that David Brule is scheduled to speak on King Philip’s War at noon on Friday, December 1.