Hawley, Massachusetts

related topics
{line, north, south}
{area, community, home}
{town, population, incorporate}
{school, student, university}
{mi², represent, 1st}
{household, population, female}
{land, century, early}
{city, population, household}
{water, park, boat}
{area, part, region}
{group, member, jewish}
{county, mile, population}

Hawley is a town in Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 336 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Springfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Hawley was first settled in 1760 as Plantation Number 7, by a group from Hatfield. The town was called the "Hatfield Reserve" until it was officially incorporated in 1792. The town was named for Joseph Hawley of Northampton, a local leader in the American Revolution. Hawley's main industries were forestry and, eventually, recreation. The town originally included the land of its neighbor, Plainfield, which split off in the early nineteenth century.[1]

Today, the town has very little industry. There are a few remaining farms, artisans and small businesses, though most people commute from the town, work from home or work for municipalities. The town has no gas stations, convenience stores, or liquor stores.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 30.9 square miles (80.0 km²), of which 30.9 square miles (79.9 km²) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) (0.06%) is water. The town is located at the southwest corner of Franklin County, with Hampshire County to the south and Berkshire County to the west. The town is bordered by Charlemont to the north, Buckland to the east, Ashfield to the southeast, Plainfield to the south, and Savoy to the west. Hawley is located 22 miles (35 km) west of Greenfield, 45 miles (72 km) north-northwest of Springfield, and 110 miles (180 km) west-northwest of Boston.

Hawley is located among the northern Berkshires, with the northern edge of town falling to the valley of the Deerfield River. Several brooks and the Chickley River flow into the river through town. The town is home to Hawley Bog, one of the few bogs in Massachusetts to be preserved in its natural state. There are several small peaks in town, with the highest being Parker Hill to the south. The hill lies within Kenneth Dubuque Memorial State Forest, which has several recreation sites for all seasons. Mohawk Trail State Forest also extends into the town from Charlemont and Savoy, in the northwest corner of town. Between the two forests lies Stump Sprout Cross-Country Ski Area, which also provides other recreational activities off-season. A portion of Berkshire East Ski Area also lies within town, with the base of the area being in Charlemont.

Full article ▸

related documents
Halifax, Massachusetts
Hanover, Massachusetts
New Jersey Route 10
Norton, Massachusetts
Interstate 16
New Jersey Route 28
Hammersmith & City line
Dauphiné Alps
New Jersey Route 38
Interstate 12
New Jersey Route 5
Oder River
Interstate 68
New Jersey Route 70
South Platte River
New Jersey Route 495
Pennine Alps
New Jersey Route 7
New Jersey Route 29
New Jersey Route 45
New Jersey Route 55
Au Sable River (Michigan)
List of rivers of Europe
Great River Road
New Jersey Route 52
Interstate 59
Interstate 81
New Jersey Route 19
Forth and Clyde Canal