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Local Lifestyles: Hawley, Massachusetts

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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 [...]

Local Lifestyles: Heath, Massachusetts

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The town of Heath, Massachusetts is located in the Northwestern part of Franklin County, just South of the Vermont state line. With its lush forests and stunning landscapes, Heath offers its residents a quieter and idyllic lifestyle. Heath offers a slower way of life, while still being located nearby towns and cities such as Shelburne Falls, [...]

Local Lifestyles: Leverett, Mass

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The town of Leverett, in Franklin County, is adjacent to the Five College area of Amherst, Hampshire, Smith, Mt. Holyoke and the University of Massachusetts.  

Its diverse population of about 1,900 is a rich mixture of teachers, students, farmers, lumbermen, gardeners, artists, professionals in the areas of medicine, law, and [...]

Local Lifestyles: Leyden, Massachusetts

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Situated in Franklin County, Massachusetts, Leyden carries a historical legacy dating back to its settlement by colonists in 1737. The town draws its name from Leiden, Netherlands, where Pilgrims sought refuge before embarking on their journey to the Americas. During the eighteenth century Leyden's had several diverse [...]

Local Lifestyles: Monroe, Massachusetts

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In the Northwestern corner of Massachusetts, lies the smallest town in Franklin County, Monroe. Monroe is often referred to as Monroe Bridge because of the history behind its historic bridge. Once the Hoosac Tunnel and Wilmington Railroad were completed, crewmen were told to leave the town’s mailbags at the Monroe bridge. In 1888, the post [...]

Local Lifestyles: Montague, Massachusetts

Montague, Massachusetts

Montague stands as another cultural focal point within Franklin County. It extends north of Leverett and is made up of five distinct villages—Montague Center, Montague City, Turners Falls, Millers Falls, and Lake Pleasant. Situated to the west is the Connecticut River, featuring a historic dam and canal constructed in the 1800s to supply [...]

Local Lifestyles: Northfield, Massachusetts

Northfield Massachusetts local lifestyles

Residents of Northfield, Massachusetts love their town for a variety of reasons. Northfield has a small-town vibe which fosters a close-knit community and strong relationships with neighbors. At the same time, Northfield is centrally located near larger towns and cities such as Greenfield, Brattleboro, and Northampton, opening up a wide [...]

Local Lifestyles: Orange, Massachusetts

Orange Massachusetts Local Lifestyles

Orange, Massachusetts is the easternmost town in Franklin County with easy access to both eastern and western Massachusetts. MA Route 2 runs through Orange, which can take you to Boston in just an hour and a half and Greenfield in only 30 minutes. Orange also has its own municipal airport, which is open to the public and also serves as a [...]

Local Lifestyles: Shelburne, Massachusetts

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Shelburne, Massachusetts offers residents the best of both worlds. Much of the town is agricultural with open spaces, rolling hills, and plenty of nature to explore. Yet the Village of Shelburne Falls offers a vibrant arts scene with several artisan shops, galleries, and secondhand bookstores. Throughout the year there are several exciting [...]

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