Historical Sketch of Franklin County, MA
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FRANKLIN COUNTY was originally the north part of Hampshire County: it was incorporated as a distinct county in 1811. Connecticut river passes centrally through the county from north to south, and Deerfield river passes from west to east centrally through the western, and Millerís river from east to west through the eastern part of the county. Few tracts of country exceed this for the extent and value of its water powers. The great body of the people are engaged in agricultural pursuits. The fine grazing lands found upon the verdant hills and fertile valleys, enable the farmers in this section to raise large droves of fat cattle for market. The manufacturing interests have received considerable attention of late years, and are increasing in value and importance. The following is a list of the towns, which are 26 in number.

Ashfield,

Erving,

Monroe,

Shutesbury,

Bernardston,..

Gill,

Montague,

Sunderland,

Buckland,

Greenfield,..

New Salem,..

Warwick,

Charlemont,

Hawley,

Northfield,

Wendall,

Coleraine,

Heath,

Orange,

Whately.

Conway,

Leverett,

Rowe,

 

Deerfield,

Leyden,

Shelburne,

 


In 1820, the population of this county was 29,268; in 1830, it was 29,344; in 1837, it was 28,655.

FROM:
Historical Collections Relating to the
History and Antiquities of
Every town in Massachusetts with
Geographical Descriptions.
By John Warner Barber.
Worcester
Published by Warren Lazell.
1848

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