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 available until July 30, 2018
$129 for single and double occupancy, $139 for triple and $149 for quad occupancy.

Barry Cass, Reunion Coordinator

Registration Form

Updated Schedule of Events

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 Association 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.

While in Springfield, there are many possible things to do. The Basketball Hall of Fame, the Springfield Museums containing, among other things, the Esta Manthos Indian Motocycle Collection, the Hasbro Gameland, and the newly opened World of Doctor Seuss, The Zoo at Forest Park and Six Flags New England are all close by.

What To Do In Springfield

For those interested in family histories of the Springfield, a visit to the archives at the Springfield History is a must.

More information about the archives

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.

The story of how the Quabbin Reservoir was created

The impact of the reservoir on one Towne family:John Towne

Quabbin Park Cemetery

On Friday, August 31, we will visit the Estey Organ Factory and Museum in Brattleboro, Vermont where we will learn more about its founder, Jacob Estey and ways in which he implemented his progressive views. Of particular interest will be a display recognizing the achievements of the "Women of Estey."

The Estey Organ Factory and Museum

The Women of Estey

We hope that you will join us. Register now so as not to miss out!

Registration Form

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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