Place:Hawley, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States

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NameHawley
Alt namesEast Hawleysource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS25000661
Hawley Centersource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS25000661
Hawley Villagesource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS25000661
TypeTown
Coordinates42.55°N 72.867°W
Located inFranklin, Massachusetts, United States
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Hawley is a town in Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 337 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Springfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

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Hawley was first settled in 1760 as Plantation Number 7, by a group from Hatfield. The town was called the "Hatfield Reserve" until it was officially incorporated in 1792. The town was named for Joseph Hawley of Northampton, a local leader in the American Revolution. Hawley's main industries were forestry and, eventually, recreation. The town originally included the land of its neighbor, Plainfield, which split off in the early nineteenth century.

Today, the town has very little industry. There are a few remaining farms, artisans and small businesses, though most people commute from the town, work from home or work for municipalities. The town has no gas stations, convenience stores, or liquor stores.

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