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Norfolk County, Massachusetts


"Home of the first Public Library in the United States"

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History & History-related items


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Organizations, Churches, and Sports.




Statistics & Facts

The Massachusetts state capital is Boston.
The population of Franklin is approximately 28,353 (1998).
The amount of land area in Franklin is 10.869 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Franklin is 27.01 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0.151 sq kilometers.
The distance from Franklin to Washington DC is 378 miles.
The distance to the Massachusetts state capital is 25 miles. (as the crow flies)
Franklin is positioned 42.08 degrees north of the equator and 71.38 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Franklin per capita income is $ 18,228.
Franklin average annual precipitation is 46.6 inches peryear.
The average winter temperature is 23.9 degrees F.
The average summer temperature is 70.8 degrees F.


22 miles southwest of Boston. Here is a map page for Franklin.
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seasonal. Here is a weather page for Franklin
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History & History Related Items

The Wadsworth Diaries
The Diaries of George M. Wadsworth - 1857 - 1893

Proclamation for Ben Franklin Week and links to many other pages about Benjamin Franklin.
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The founding of Franklin

March 2, 1778

The incorporation of Franklin

1778 (town)

Franklin City Government

The Town of Franklin
Phone: (508) 528-7900

Franklin has a Town Administrator/Council form of government

Franklin Chamber

The The Tri-Center Region United Chamber of Commerce
40 Kenwood Circle
Franklin, MA 02038
Phone: 508/528-2800
Fax: 508/520-7864

Franklin Organizations

The The Tri-Center Region United Chamber of Commerce
40 Kenwood Circle
Franklin, MA 02038
Phone: 508/528-2800
Fax: 508/520-7864

Franklin Libraries

The Franklin Library
118 Main St.
Franklin, MA 02038
Corner of School and Main Streets
Phone: (508) 520-4940
The First Public Library in the United States!

"The Franklin Public Library is America's first lending library. In 1778, when the town was incorporated the designated name Exeter, was changed to Franklin in honor of Dr. Benjamin Franklin. When asked to donate a bell, Franklin responded with an offer of books for the town's residents, acknowledging that 'sense' was preferable to 'sound'. The original Franklin collection is still housed in a bookcase (pictured) in the Circulation Department of our historic library." (Taken from:

Franklin Schools

Franklin High School

Profile for Franklin Public Schools


Dean College
99 Main Street
Franklin, MA 02038-1994
Phone: 1-877-TRY-DEAN (877-879-3326)
Fax: 508-541-8726 Franklin


The population of Franklin was:
1994 - 22,095
1998 - 28,353

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