About This Place
Orange is a town in Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 7,518 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Springfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Part of the town is included in the census-designated place of Orange.
Orange was first settled in 1746, created from lands in the towns of Royalston, Warwick and Athol. The lands were not fully settled until the latter parts of the century, becoming the District of Orange in 1783, and finally being incorporated as a town in 1810. It was named for William, Prince of Orange. In 1790, the Millers River was dammed within town, and industry began in the former farming community. Small industry grew within the town, with the town being considered more of a mill town by 1840. By the late nineteenth century, a sewing machine company, the 'New Home Sewing Machine Company' was the largest industry in town, putting out 1.2 million machines at its peak in 1892. In 1900, it was home to the pioneer automobile company Grout, considered the first automobile built in a factory in the United States.