Ashley House

Two very different people who fought for freedom and liberty; changing our history

Cooper Hill Rd., Ashley Falls, MA 01222

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The Ashley House tells the intertwined stories of the Ashleys and the enslaved African Americans who lived here in the 18th century. Inspired by Revolutionary-era rhetoric and her own desire for freedom, Mum Bett, who was enslaved in the Ashley House, helped end slavery in Massachusetts. In 1781, she sued Col. Ashley for her freedom - and won. Mum Bett was and remains an inspiration to all who learn her story.

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