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Franklin County, Massachusetts

Franklin County is a geographic region located in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Massachusetts, 35 miles southwest of Boston and less than 20 miles north of Providence Rhode Island; it is bordered to the North by Vermont and New Hampshire. It's one of three counties in the Springfield Metropolitan Statistical Area (an area socio-economically linked to Springfield Massachusetts), and one of fourteen counties in the state of Massachusetts as a whole. Greenfield is its largest community and the county seat.

Franklin's waterways include the Connecticut River, which bisects the county, the Deerfield, Falls and Millers rivers, and a section of the famous Quabbin Reservoir - one of the world's largest man-made water supplies in the United States.

Things to Do in Franklin, Massachusetts

Enjoy all the rural charm Franklin has to offer by staying at a warm bed and breakfast, antique and craft shopping, whitewater rafting, skiing, snowshoeing and much more!

When in Franklin, go to the Deerfield River for great whitewater rafting, or for float trips on the calm side of the river (suitable for children 5 and up). Adventurous types can go for a run through Zoar Gap, and hike, cross-country ski or snowshoe at the Northfield Mountain Recreation Area.

More laid-back tourist attractions include the Hallmark Museum of Contemporary Photography, Bridge of Flowers (an old trolley bridge rife with thousands of flowers), and the glass pavilion at Magic Wings, which offers a magical display of thousands of free-flying butterflies. Craft enthusiasts must go straight to Shelburne Falls for its beautiful craft galleries. In Turner Falls, check out the Great Falls Discovery Centre to learn about the history of the Connecticut River watershed. And, be sure to experience the scenic Historic Deerfield's street - houses upon houses (a mile long) built in and maintained since the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Finally, take in the view of the Connecticut River Valley at the Poets Seat Tower.

Franklin County Trivia

Q.Whom was Franklin County named after?

A. Benjamin Franklin

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October 20, 2013

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