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The Town of Conway (37.8 square miles) lies in the foothills of the Berkshires just west of the Connecticut River Valley, a region rich in agriculture, arts & culture. Conway is the 4th largest in area of all towns in Franklin County.   It is conveniently located 15 minutes west of I-91 in Greenfield and not far from Northampton. 

The town was once fueled the startup of sawmills. Gristmills and sawmills, built along the streams to harness waterpower, were the first mills of the settlers. Pumpkin Hollow, located at the geographical heart of Conway, became the center of town with a church, school, store, inn, harness shop, and wagon shop.  By the mid-1800s, the citizens of Conway were working hard toward rapid development of the manufacturing industry. Most factories were located along the South River, the main source of waterpower in town. Everything from textiles, hats, furniture, and cutlery to washing “machines” were made here. Gradually, Pumpkin Hollow was replaced as the “center” of town as banks and public buildings sprang up near the river. In the midst of the industrial boom of the nineteenth century, many farms were abandoned leaving pastures and fields to be reclaimed once again by forest. Early in the 20th century, the manufacturing industry went into decline, with many factories going out of business largely because of transportation costs to and from Conway. Stone foundations and cellar holes are the visible remains of many farms and factories of long ago. 

The town is a popular place to live for those who want convenience to the highway but still prefer to live in a beautiful rural setting.    

Visit Conway's Town Website.

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Town/Cultural Events

Town/Cultural Events

Every year during the first weekend in October, Conway celebrates the foliage season with Festival of the Hills. Enjoy crafts, games, food, music, and other special events including a 10k road face.  The event has a variety of activities hosted at the local schools, library, church, and town commons.

Conway Historical Society, located on Main Street, features a notable collection of items from Conway`s cutlery and tool factories, woolen mills and shoe factories. 

Burkeville Covered Bridge, on Route 116, about a mile north of the center of town.  Originally built in 1871, the 107-foot bridge that spans the South River was restored in 2005. 

Field Memorial Library - The library is a stunning example of nineteenth-century architecture, with a domed rotunda, Italian marble, original woodwork, a spiral staircase, and cast-iron shelving in the Fiction Room. Completed in 1901 and sponsored by Marshall Field, the library is dedicated as a memorial to his parents, John and Fidelia Nash Field.

The Outdoors

The Outdoors

Community Swimming Pool that is open June-September (check website for specific dates) and is only available for residents of Conway and their guests. Ideal spot for cooling off during those hot summer months. 

The Conway Park and Recreation Center is the go to place for tennis court, basketball courts, soccer, baseball field and pickleball.  It is a great place for kids and adults to play their favorite sport.  

Conway State Forest - Enjoy hiking, birdwatching, wildlife spotting and there are horseback riding trails and over four miles of streams for trout fishing. 

South River State Forest.  There are picnic tables along the South River to its confluence with the Deerfield River, plus offer several tent sites. All facilities are primitive in nature. Fishing is available in the South, Bear and Deerfield rivers. Hunting is also allowed.  

Conway Snowmobile Club -  The club has over 120 miles of trails to enjoy which connect to five other clubs/towns! You may know of our trails by the beauty of the rolling hills, state forests, Polish King Bridge, smiling tree, Whately Resevoir, or our world-famous suspension bridge.  

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Local Favorites

Local Favorites

Baker's Country Store - Owned and operated by Helen Baker.  The store features freshly baked breads, cakes, cookies, muffins, & pies and they serve breakfast and lunch all day!

Conway Inn is a rustic atmosphere and a great place to visit with the locals.  The full service bar also serves food including pizza an dis located on the Main Street. 

Community Swimming Pool that is open June-September (check website for specific dates) and is only available for residents of Conway and their guests. Ideal spot for cooling off during those hot summer months. 

The Conway Park and Recreation Center is the go to place for tennis court, basketball courts, soccer, baseball field and pickleball.  It is a great place for kids and adults to play their favorite sport.  

South River Miso Company - A family owned, artisan miso company located at South River Farm in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains in Conway, Massachusetts. They make hand crafted, wood fired, certified organic miso for over thirty years according to a centuries-old, Japanese farmhouse tradition.

Roxie Studio- Roxanne Parent creates beautiful ceramics in her studio that overlooks 15 acres of rolling hills and fields.  She has worked in ceramics and pottery for over 28 years.  Her unique line of hand-painted ceramics are available at her studio or you can order online.

Hart Pottery - Beautiful porcelain pieces of hand painted flowers and animals.  You can visit studio and showroom in rural Conway where you can see how her work is created.  A varied selection of work is on display and available to purchase.  It is best to call ahead before your journey, but you may venture by chance.

Antiques and Art - Magnificent art and antiques that are on display in their showroom located in the Pumpkin Hollow neighborhood of Conway.  Visit their site and explore their rare findings.

 

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Real Estate Listings

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