Rowley is a quintessential New England hometown with 5500 residents, located 10 miles southeast of Haverhill and 28 miles north of Boston. Boxford, Georgetown, Newbury, Ipswich, and the Plum Island River border it. Rowley was founded in 1639 and is situated between two rivers, the Muddy Creek and the Rowley River.
The main land mass fronts Plum Island Sound with an extensive salt marsh area that eventually gives way to rolling uplands. Heavily forested, there are several working farms with numerous single-family houses. Today, Rowley is transitioning from its historical farming roots to a residential community yet the town maintains its historical charm, including the town common green, numerous stately, colonial era homes lining Main Street, and several tall white steeple churches.