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Local Lifestyles: Hawley, Massachusetts

If you're looking for a peaceful retreat in the picturesque landscapes of western Massachusetts, Hawley is the perfect destination for you. This rural town, located in the southwest corner of Franklin County, is a haven for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. With a population around 350, Hawley offers a tranquil setting where residents can enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors and connect with the community.


History of Hawley

Hawley, Massachusetts, founded in 1771 and incorporated in 1792, bears the name of Revolutionary War patriot Joseph Hawley. Settled by families from Cape Cod, its rocky terrain posed challenges for early inhabitants. Despite a peak population in 1820, the town's numbers dwindled due to economic shifts. Today, Hawley maintains a tight-knit community spirit, blending farmers, commuters, and weekenders who cherish its natural beauty and historic roots.


Living in Hawley

Hawley is a town where residents take pride in their community. With a rural feel, most residents own their homes, and the town is mostly run by volunteers. 

The town is composed of 40% state forest, including the Kenneth Dubuque Memorial State Forest, Mohawk Trail State Forest, and Savoy State Forest. This abundance of natural beauty provides ample opportunities for hiking, swimming, fishing, and enjoying the scenic views.

The town is bordered by Charlemont to the north, Buckland to the east, and Plainfield to the south, making it a convenient location for exploring the surrounding areas. 


Local Events

Hawley has a rich cultural heritage, with the Sons & Daughters of Hawley coordinating annual events for all to enjoy. The town celebrates Hawley Day on the Second Sunday in August, with a large picnic, live music, and other special events. Follow the Sons & Daughters of Hawley on Facebook to see all their events throughout the year.


Food and Beverage

Hawley is home to Sidehill Farm Yogurt, a small family-owned creamery producing fresh, delicious, certified organic yogurt from the milk of grass-fed cows. The town's rural setting also provides ample opportunities for farm-to-table dining and locally sourced ingredients.


The Outdoors

Hawley takes pride in its natural beauty, with the Hawley Bog being one of the last unspoiled bogs. Visitors can enjoy walks through the bog over the wooden boardwalks. 

The town is also home to Stump Sprouts, a high meadow that provides a multitude of experiences, including cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, biking, retreats, workshops, reunions, and weddings. The expansive vistas, quiet, dark night skies, and peaceful surroundings make Stump Sprouts a must-visit destination for outdoor enthusiasts.


In conclusion, Hawley is a hidden gem in Franklin County that offers a tranquil setting for those looking to connect with nature and the community. With its rich cultural heritage, natural beauty, and outdoor activities, Hawley is an ideal destination for those looking to live in a rural setting. 


Real Estate Listings in Hawley

If you are looking to buy a single family home, land to build your dream home, farm, or second home in Hawley, Mass, click here for the latest list of what is currently on the market. You can also contact Wanda Mooney to learn more about the area and the process of moving. 

For more information visit the town website.


For more information about community happenings and real estate news visit Wanda's Blog at www.wandamooney.com/blog.



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