Towne Family Association, Inc.

Explore Towne History in Late Summer in New England

38th Annual Meeting and Reunion August 30 to September 2, 2018
Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Springfield, Massachusetts

1 Monarch Pl
Springfield, MA, 01144
United States
Reservations: (413) 781-1010
Ask for Towne Family Association group rate.
Barry Cass, Reunion Coordinator

Springfield is Massachusetts's third largest city and a well-kept secret, with plenty to see and do and some very strong ties to the Towne family in the city and region.

The Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place is located in the center of the capital city, near cultural and historic sites and just across the highway from the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Between now and July 30, 2018 rooms reserved for the Towne Family Associa- tion event will be $129 for single and double occupancy, $139 for triple and $149 for quad occupancy. The hotel has two restaurants and there are plenty of others within walking distance. A secure parking garage is on site ($7 for daily use, $17 for overnight parking.) Amenities include a health club, an indoor pool, a sauna, complimentary wireless Internet access, and gift shops/newsstand. br>
After the witch trials in Salem, more than a few of the families involved started moving out of Salem and settling where the past was not known. Several Townes moved west and settled in the Swift River Valley, in the area that is now the Quabbin Reservoir. There were four towns in the Swift River Valley that were flooded during the 1930s to create the Reservoir serving greater Boston. In the process of leveling the towns and relocating the people, all the cemeteries in the area were moved, bodies exhumed and reburied in the Quabbin Park Cemetery. We will be visiting the cemetery, where well over 100 Towne ancestors are now interred.

Quabbin Park Cemetery

Check out the December issue of About Towne for more about the Springfield area. Information about tours, workshops and activities will be coming in the March issue, but information will also be posted here as it becomes available so check back frequently.

Save the Date!!! - In 2019 the Towne Family Association's 39th Annual Reunion will be held in Lansing, Michigan, on August 1 to August 4th, and it will be hosted by Dianna Emerson and many others in Michigan. If you are interested in a Michigan road trip, please check out Pure Michigan at to see what adventures await you in this beautiful State. This timeframe will allow families to travel prior to the beginning of a new school year. As a means to plan the best possible reunion and to keep costs at a reasonable threshold, Dianna would like to hear from anyone who believes they might attend this event. Please contact her at We look forward to welcoming you to Michigan!

Interested to see where previous TFA meetings and reunions have been held? Our genealogist, Gail Garda, has compiled them for you:

1981-2014 Reunions

2010 30th Reunion in Omaha, NE
Photography courtesy of Sue Carson

Farewell Dinner at 11th Street Dockside Restaurant, Port Royale, SC, October 2013
Photography courtesy of Tom Johnson

Regional Meetings

If you are interested in hosting a small get-together in your area, contact Karen Johnsen at who will get you started!Check out latest information on the Northwest regional meeting. Everyone interested is welcome to attend!

Read about some which have already been held:
Regional Meetings

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