NESTLED AMONG the rolling foothills of the Berkshires in the northwest corner of Franklin County lies the beautiful, rural, historic Town of Hawley, Massachusetts. That’s where you are now, visiting the Town of Hawley’s Official Website.
By using the tabs at the tops of the pages provided here, you can find . . .
► Town News
► Events Calendar, Bulletins
► Town Office and Services
► Town Government & Officials
► Boards & Committees
► Key Documents
► Links to Regional Resources
. . . and more.
WE HOPE this information is helpful to you. If this is your first Hawley encounter, visit our Town in person some time. You may never want to leave!
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.
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, and some vibrant new ones, as well as 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.