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.