The Colonel John Ashley House
Ashley Falls, MA

Cooper Hill Road
Off Route 7A
413-298-3239
Saturday and Sunday
Memorial Day Weekend to Columbus Day
10-5pm
Free to members of The Trustees of Reservations
Admission fee for non-members


The Ashley House was the center of social, economic, and political life in Western Massachusetts in the eighteenth century. The famous Sheffield Resolves, a petition against British tyranny and a manifesto for individual rights, was drafted in the upstairs study of the house and published in 1773. The cause for abolishing slavery in America was strengthened in the celebrated 1781 Massachusetts state court battle that freed the Ashleys' slave, Elizabeth Freeman (nicknamed "Mumbet") under the new state constitution. This court case helped end slavery in Massachusetts.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975, the Ashley House exemplifies early 18th century architecture. House furnishings and items date from the 18th and early 19th centuries. Visitors to the Ashley House can relive the history of a young and restless nation. The Trustees of Reservations is dedicated to preserving properties of exceptional scenic, historic and ecological value throughout the Commonwealth. Founded in 1891, it is a non-profit conservation organization and relies for support entirely upon membership dues, admission fees and voluntary contributions. The Colonel John Ashley House, one of the 83 properties of The Trustees, is a National Historic Landmark.

The Trustees of Reservations is dedicated to preserving properties of exceptional scenic, historic and ecological value throughout the Commonwealth. Founded in 1891, it is a non-profit conservation organization and relies for support entirely upon membership dues, admission fees and voluntary contributions. The Colonel John Ashley House, one of the 95 properties of The Trustees, is a National Historic Landmark.

Join The Trustees of Reservations and help support the management of properties like the The Colonel John Ashley House.

For more information about membership in The Trustees of Reservations, please contact:

The Trustees of Reservations
Western Regional Office
The Mission House
P.O. Box 792, Sergeant Street
Stockbridge, MA 01262
(413) 298-3239
www.thetrustees.org


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