Enfield is a town located in Western New Hampshire in the Dartmouth/Sunapee region of the state. It is situated in Southern Grafton County and encompasses a total area of 43.1 square miles, 2.8 of which is water. As of the 2010 United States Census, Enfield was home to 4,582 people.
The town of Enfield was first incorporated as a town by Governor Benning Wentworth in 1761. It gleans its name from the Connecticut town of the same moniker though, from 1766 to 1784, it was known as “Relhan.” The area?s first settlers began arriving between 1765 and 1772. By 1793, the town was home to the Enfield Shaker Village, a religious community of resident Shakers. Though local Shakers have since died out, the former Shaker Village has been renovated and turned into a museum, which can still be visited today. Over the years, Enfield has been called home by many notable people, including former New Hampshire Governor Robert O. Blood, businessman William Goodhue Perley and MLB pitcher Stan Williams.
More than 6 percent of Enfield’s total area is made up of water. The town includes parts of Mascoma River, Mascoma Lake, Crystal Lake and Halfmile Pond, and it lies completely within the Connecticut River watershed. Its highest point lies at Prospect Hill, where elevation reaches 2,100 feet above sea level. The town is served by Interstate 89, U.S. Route 4 and New Hampshire Routes 4A and 10.
Enfield is governed by an elected Board of Selectmen. The town boasts a full-time police department, a volunteer fire department and volunteer emergency medical services. Top employers in the area include Shaker Valley Auto, Town of Enfield, Evans Express Mart, George’s Super-Value, Mascoma School District, Defiance Electric, Mickey’s Cafe and Erigo. Children in the area attend schools in the Mascoma Valley Regional School District, which also serves the nearby towns of Canaan, Dorchester, Grafton and Orange.