|Colonel John Ashley House, 1735 Ashley Falls, Massachusetts National Natural Landmark
The Trustes of Reservations
Tradition has it that the Sheffield Declaration of 1773, a statement of grievances against English rule, was drafted in Colonel Ashley's study and that Ashley's black servant, Mumbet, whetted her hunger for freedom on liberal ideas she overheard at the meeting. In a 1781 trial, Mumbet won her freedom and left the house forever. The Ashley House is available for viewing by the public.
Image to the left is the interior of the Ashely House