Whately has a total area of 20.7 square miles and lies along the southern border of Franklin County, north of Hampshire County, bordered by Conway to the northwest, Deerfield to the northeast, Sunderland to the east, Hatfield to the south, and Williamsburg to the west. Whately is located 11 miles south of Greenfield, 26 miles north of Springfield, and 95 miles west of Boston. The population is approximately 1470.
Whately Historical Museum, in the former Center School at 218 Chestnut Plain Road, is open Tuesday mornings 9:00 am to noon and by appointment. The exhibits include memorabilia and crockery made by Whately residents in the 1800s. For information call Adelia Bardwell at (413) 665-3837