After the Revolutionary War ended many farmers suffered economically. They could not pay their taxes or debts. Daniel Shay led a group of angry farmers to the courthouse in Springfield. Fighting broke out between the government troops and the farmers beginning Shay's Rebellion.

A donation of books from Ben Franklin to act as the start of a Franklin town library arrived in Franklin.

Joseph Robichaux died on Lovell's Island in Boston Harbor when his ship grounded in a blizzard and he froze to death.