Rowe is a small hilltown in northwestern Massachusetts, with a population of 390. The town is one of scenic beauty, with wooded mountains, clear brooks, and the Deerfield River on its border. Rowe is close to ski areas and enjoys great hiking, fishing, hunting, kayaking, rafting and canoeing.
Rowe has its own elementary school and tuitions grades 7-12 to the Mohawk Trail Regional School District and Franklin County Technical School. The Rowe Historical Society maintains an excellent small historical museum, containing antiques, artifacts and numerous photographs documenting the history of the town, including Fort Pelham (built in 1744 to guard against attacks by the French and Indians), and the construction of the Hoosac Tunnel.
The close-knit community enjoys a solid tax base provided mainly by the Bear Swamp pumped storage hydro-electric plant. Several smaller hydro dams and stations owned by TransCanada and the decommissioned Yankee Atomic Nuclear Power Station also provide substantial taxes to the town.
In July, the town celebrates Old Home Day. The celebration includes a children’s fishing derby, boat rides, antique tractors, and fireworks.
Like its neighbor Monroe, Rowe is attractive to visitors for its access to the Deerfield River. The sections of river in Rowe have milder whitewater than those of Monroe and are great for fishing, boating, and tubing. Another beautiful fishing area is Pelham Lake Park. There, a beach area is available to town residents plus trails for hiking and snowmobiling.
Built in 1784, Maple House Bed & Breakfast is a family-owned B & B and farm, with spectacular views. They offer quiet rooms with private baths and a separate entrance. They also have a fireplace and sunroom, and serve gourmet homegrown breakfasts.
The Rowe Center is a retreat center which offers summer camps for children and adults. They also run retreats and workshops the rest of the year on nature, personal growth, spirituality, and all the creative arts.
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