Colonel John Ashley House is a historic landmark in Sheffield, Massachusetts, the house was built in 1735 as a family home for colonel John Ashely. The Ashley house has historical significance due to a number of factors; colonel Ashley supported the American revolution, the house had five African American enslaved one of them went on to gain freedom. The house is not just an 18th century home and one of the oldest houses in MA, many historical events have taken place in the house. The house is open year-round for tours, visitors can tour the house for a minimal fee.
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- Ashley house is the oldest house in Berkshire county, the famous petition against British tyranny was drafted in the house and published in 1773.
- Ashley's slave Elizabeth freeman sued Col. Ashely in 1781 for her freedom, she was freed and remains an inspiration for freedom, equality and struggle for independence.
- The fight for freedom helped in ending slavery in Massachusetts.
- The grounds surrounding the house are well kept and can be visited free of charge.
- House tours last for about 1 hour and require a minimal fee, the house has furnishings from the 18th and 19th century; reminiscent of rural American architecture and interior.
- Guided house tours are available on the weekends.
- "Home sweet home" is an event scheduled for May in which guests can explore the house and the property free of charge.
Colonel John Ashley House Insider Tips
- Children can tour the house free of charge.