Ashley House is 1.7 mi. s. on Main St./US 7, .4 mi. s. on Ashley Falls Rd./SR 7A, 1.4 mi. s. on Rannapo Rd., then .2 mi. w. to 117 Cooper Hill Rd. Built in 1735 by Col. John Ashley, the house is viewed via 45-minute guided tours and contains 18th- and early 19th-century furnishings. The Sheffield Declaration, supporting individual rights and an end to British tyranny, was drafted in the house and published in 1773.
The Ashley House also is a site on the African American Heritage Trail, which passes through 29 Massachusetts and Connecticut towns in the Upper Housatonic Valley. In 1781 an enslaved member of the household Elizabeth Freeman, also known as Mum Bett, successfully sued for her freedom. Her court case was instrumental in ending slavery in the state.
Parking is limited. Photography is not permitted in the house.
Guided tours are available. Picnicking is permitted. Time: Allow 1 hour minimum.