Colonel John Ashley House

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Learn about two very different people who fought for freedom and liberty – and changed our history.
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janbobla
Pittsfield, MA7 contributions
Jul 2014
A must see for black history as well as all people interested in freedom. Out on a country road. Not a local tourist trap. Good peek into how colonial people lived.
Written July 20, 2014
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maf06040
18 contributions
Jun 2018 • Solo
Part of my childhood neighborhood,this property is now one of the Trustees properties.There is much history in this house.Definately worth a visit.You will hear the story of Mumbet.
Written January 28, 2019
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dave d
Bradford, MA327 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
Park here instead of Bartholomews Cobble and save the parking fee. At the same time you can do a very short hike to the Ashley house then add on the cobble and Hurlburt's hill.
Written August 7, 2017
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George C
New York City, NY23 contributions
Aug 2015 • Friends
As I wrote concerning the Cobble, this is a must see. Be careful in scheduling as it doesn't have the most user friendly hours, but is totally worth it.
Written September 2, 2015
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ALouise
2 contributions
Aug 2019
This seems like such an interesting and important historical site. But trying to figure out when or if it is open became the obsession of our weekend. We were not the only people circling the house and looking for signage. Is it open, ever? We tried to call the number on the website but I reached a disconnected extension. .So while I am SURE this would be fascinating (couldn't tell since the drapes were pulled shut tight), it was impossible to know how and when to enter. I have an idea? How about put a SIGN up on the house and tell the public what the hours are??
Written August 13, 2019
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bcnett
Stoneham, MA469 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
Since we were in the area and are members of the Trustees of Reservation, we discovered this wonderful house and the fascinating story of Elizabeth " Mumbet" Freeman, a black slave who sued for her freedom in 1780 and won (with a jury of 12 white men). This led to the abolition of slavery in Massachusetts. She went on to work for the family of her lawyer, Theodore Sedgwick. The Sedgwick family thought so highly of her that she was buried in the Sedgwick plot. The only non-family member to be buried there. When Mumbet, died she was the second wealthiest black woman in the state.

We had a great tour of the Colonel Ashley House with a tour guide who does tours for a lot of school groups so we learned a lot of interesting things from her such as the expression "Jumping the Broom". There is also a barn next to the house with a lot of information.

Since we are members of the Trustees of Reservation, we did not have to pay the $5.00 admission fee. As of August 2017, the house is only open on Sundays in July and August for tours at 12, 1, and 2 P.M.

Bartholomew's Cobble is located about a half mile from the Colonel Ashley House. There are hiking paths and a visitors' center with rest rooms, a water cooler, and a large room tp wait for the tour at Ashley house.
Written August 6, 2017
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Douglas T
Los Altos, CA1,754 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
This location has tours for groups that reserve of 6 or more. Nevertheless, it is on a beautiful road that you should take to the top for good views. And although there is no indication, there is a small shed near the house and a driveway that goes around it. We pulled in for no reason and to our surprise, the shed was open on the non-road side. There were many exhibits describing the remarkable life of the Ashley slave who brought a lawsuit and won that was a big part of the end of slavery in Massachusetts (and that was even though her master Ashley was a Revolutionary War hero). This was well worth the time and the house is interesting,as are the filed surrounding it still farmed 250 years later. Also, if you go to Bartholomew's Cobble, less than a half mile away, you walk over more of the land that was the Ashley possessions.
Written August 27, 2016
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