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Rowe, Franklin, MA

In 1762, the town lands were purchased by the Rev. Cornelius Jones, who named it "Myrifield" after the Greek word for "thousand". The town had enough settlers by 1785 to have it incorporated as a town, renamed by the Massachusetts General Court after John Rowe, a prominent Boston merchant.

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Rowe, Massachusetts, USA

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Leisures Residence, Rowe, Mass.
Rowe, Massachusetts, USA

Leisures Residence, Rowe, Mass.
The Unitarian Memorial Church, Rowe, Mass.
Rowe, Massachusetts, USA

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1785 - The town of Rowe is incorporated

Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
1839 - Rowe
Rowe, Massachusetts
Franklin county. This town contains the site of old fort Pelham, erected in 1744. The township is elevated, and in some parts mountainous, but the soil is adapted for grazing. Considerable wool is produced, and there are manufactures in the town of woolen goods, boots, shoes, leather, and wooden ware.

Rowe is the source of a branch of Deerfield river, and lies 130 miles N.W. from Boston, and 22 W. by N. from Greenfield. Incorporated, 1785. Population, 1837, 688.
The New England Gazetteer containing descriptions of all the states, counties and towns in New England: also descriptions of the principal mountains, rivers lakes, capes, bays, harbors, islands and fashionable resorts within that territory. Alphabetically arranged. By John Hayward, author of the Columbian Traveller, Religious Creeds, &c. &c. Boston: John Hayward. Boyd & White, Concord, N.H. 1839
1845 - ROWE. [Pop. 703. Inc. 1785.]
This town was originally composed of several grants, and in 1838, the Legislature annexed to it part of a tract of land called Zoar.

Deerfield River bounds Rowe on the west, and one of its branches, Pelham Brook, waters the town.

When the State found it necessary to establish a chain of forts along the northern frontier, to defend the settlements from the French and Indians, Fort Pelham was established here.

The land is elevated, and some wool is produced, but the inhabitants chiefly depend on agriculture.

Distance from Greenfield, 22 miles, from Boston, 117.
An Elementary Geography for Massachusetts Children by William Bentley Fowle and Asa Fitz, 1845
1848 - Rowe
This town was incorporated in 1785. It has an elevated situation, and was originally purchased by a Mr. Jones. In 1838, the legislature annexed a part of an unincorporated tract, called Zoar, to this town. This tract comprised 1,875 acres of land, adjoining the south part of the town, on which were six families. One of the cordon of forts erected about 1744 for a defence against the French and Indians was situated in this town. The ruins of this fortification, called Fort Pelham, are situated south-east of the Congregational church in the center of the town, on Peiham brook, a small stream, being the oniy one passing through the town. Rev. Preserved Smith, the first minister, was settled here in 1787; his successor was Rev. Jonathan Keith, was settled in 1808, and was succeeded by Mr. Smith, who again settled in 1812. His successor was Rev. William D. Stearns, was settled in 1835. Rev. John C. Thompson was settled over the Trinitarian church in 1835. There are four religious societies ... Read MORE...

Rowe Massachusetts, 1890
Rowe is an elevated and hilly town in the northwest part of Franklin County, having the Deerfield River as its western and southwestern line. Pelham Brook, with its affluents, drains the entire town, entering the river at the south. Heath forms the eastern boundary; Charlemont and Florida the southern; the latter and Monroe the western; and Whitingham, in Vermont, the northern boundary. The area is about 30 square miles; of which about two thirds are forest, consisting chiefly of maple and beech. The assessed land is 14,650 acres. Pulpit Rock in the west, and Streeter's Hill, eastward, afford fine views; but the greatest elevation is Jilson's Hill, on the northeast border, whose height is 2,109 feet.

Soapstone has been quarried in the town; and the Davis Mines, in the southeast, whose product is sulphate of iron, are now employing about 200 men as miners, teamsters and for other purposes; 30 teams being required to transport the mineral to the Fitchburg Railroad at Charlemont. Zoar ... Read MORE...

1895 - Rowe
Rowe, a post-hamlet in Rowe township, Franklin co., Mass., about 12 miles E. of North Adams. It has 3 churches, and manufactures of satinet, leather, &c. The township is bounded on the W. by the Deerfield River, Pop. of the township, 661.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
Rowe, a post-village in Rowe township (town), Franklin co., Mass., about 12 miles E. of North Adams. Pop. of the town in 1900, 549.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
2023 - Here's a list of places to see and things to do in Rowe:
Pelham Lake Park:
Start your visit with some tranquility at Pelham Lake Park. It's a peaceful spot for a picnic, a leisurely walk, or even some bird watching. The serene lake and surrounding greenery make it a perfect place to unwind.

Mohawk Trail State Forest:
Nature lovers, rejoice! Explore the Mohawk Trail State Forest, offering hiking trails that lead you through the beauty of the Berkshire landscape. In the fall, the foliage here is absolutely breathtaking.

Zoar Outdoor Adventure Resort:
For the thrill-seekers, head to Zoar Outdoor Adventure Resort. They offer a variety of outdoor activities, including zip-lining, white-water rafting, and canopy tours. It's a great way to add some excitement to your trip.

Bissell Covered Bridge:
Take a step back in time with a visit to Bissell Covered Bridge. Built in 1910, this picturesque bridge spans the Deerfield River and is a lovely spot for photography or a quiet moment of reflection.

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