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The town of Enfield, in Grafton County, New Hampshire, includes the villages of Enfield Center, Upper Shaker Village, Lower Shaker Village, Lockehaven, and Montcalm, the the main village of Enfield centered around US Route 4 and the inlet of the Mascoma River into Macoma Lake. Enfield was incorporated by Governor Benning Wentworth in 1761, and named for the town by that name in Connecticut, which was the former home of many of its early settlers. In 1766, it was renamed Relhan, for Dr. Anthony Relhan, but renamed Enfield again in 1784. Its first European settlers were Jonathan Paddleford and his family, who arrived after the French and Indian War. Enfield, specifically Upper and Lower Shaker Village, were part of the utopian religious community known as the Shakers, although their community was then known as Chosen Vale. Robert O. Blood, the 65th governor of New Hampshire, was born in Enfield.

 

 

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