Search results are updated once every 4 hours and do not always reflect in-store availability. If the book you are looking for is not in stock, we are always happy to order it for you!

Elena Palladino in person

Join us on Tuesday, February 7 at 7 PM as Elena Palladino talks about her book, Lost Towns of the Swift River Valley: Drowned by the Quabbin.

About the Book

In April 1938, Swift River Valley residents held a farewell ball to mark the demise of the quintessential New England town of Enfield and its three smaller neighbors, Greenwich, Dana and Prescott. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts was sacrificing these towns to build the Quabbin, a massive reservoir of drinking water for residents of Boston. Three prominent residents attended the somber occasion. Marion Andrews Smith was the last surviving member of an important manufacturing family. Willard “Doc” Segur was the valley’s beloved country doctor and town leader. And Edwin Henry Howe was Enfield’s postmaster and general store proprietor. They helped build their beloved community for decades, only to watch grief-stricken as it was destroyed by 412 billion gallons of water. Author and historian Elena Palladino recounts the story of these communities as seen through eyes of those who lived there until the end. 

About the Author 

Elena Palladino grew up in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, and now lives with her family in Marion Smith’s former home in Ware. She holds a BA in English from Simmons College, an MA in literary and cultural studies from Carnegie Mellon University and an EdM in higher education from Harvard University. She works in higher education in Western Massachusetts. This is her first book. For more information or to connect with Elena, visit or QuabbinHouse on Instagram.


To register, please click here

Event date: 
Tuesday, February 7, 2023 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
9 College St
South Hadley, MA 01075
Lost Towns of the Swift River Valley: Drowned by the Quabbin By Elena Palladino Cover Image
ISBN: 9781467147972
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: History Press - October 10th, 2022

Author Photo: 
Event Category :