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Elizabeth Freeman, Ashley House, and Bartholomew’s Cobble

March 20, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

Mumbet Elizabeth FreemanElizabeth Freeman was the first enslaved African American to file and win a freedom suit in Massachusetts. You can learn more about her extraordinary story at historic Ashley House near Bartholomew’s Cobble, just a half hour south of Applegate Inn.

Elizabeth Freeman (c. 1744 – 1829), also known as “Mumbet,” was born into slavery around 1744 in Claverack, New York. At the age of 7, she was sent to Sheffield, MA and the house of John Ashley, who had married her master’s daughter.

In 1780, Freeman heard a reading of the newly ratified Massachusetts Constitution. Its statement that “all men are born free and equal” inspired her to fight for her freedom. In 1781, a Great Barrington jury agreed with her, making her the first African-American woman set free under the Massachusetts Constitution.

With a motion picture on Freeman’s life under development, her relatively unknown story is about to get a lot more notice. Until that time, one of the best ways to learn about her is to visit the Ashley House in Sheffield, MA.

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Experience Hancock Shaker Village

February 8, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

Hancock Shaker VillageCome experience the unique world of the Shakers at Hancock Shaker Village, established in 1774, in Pittsfield, MA.

Shakers are known primarily for their fine craftsmanship, plain furniture, and work ethic. The Christian sect formed in England around 1747 but left for New York in 1774 after years of religious persecution. The settlement at Hancock, established in 1780, was the third Shaker village to form in the new world.

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Discover the Berkshire Museum
Art, Science & History

January 13, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

Berkshire MuseumIf you’re looking for a fantastic way to spend an afternoon, The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA is it. The only art, history, and natural science museum in the Berkshires is home to a wide variety of exhibitions designed to fascinate just about anyone.

The museum has been a fixture in the Berkshires for over 100 years. It was founded in 1903 by Zenas Crane (1840-1917), third-generation owner of Crane & Company paper manufacturer. Crane, inspired by institutions like the Smithsonian and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, dreamed of combining the best of them here in the Berkshires. With the opening of the Berkshire Museum, Crane saw his dream come to life.

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Explore the Clark Art Institute

October 25, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown MAThe Clark Art Institute, in Williamstown, MA is considered one of the country’s foremost art museums. The stunning collection includes paintings, sculpture, decorative art, and works on paper from around the world and ranging from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century.

Though nearly an hour’s drive from our Berkshires bed and breakfast, the Clark Art Institute remains a worthy destination for fans of fine art. Few museums in the country can rival The Clark’s collection, which includes more than 6,000 works from some of the most important and celebrated artists in history. Dürer, Rodin, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Gauguin, Homer, Pissarro, Cassatt, Millet, Inness, and Singer Sargent, to name but a few.

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Spring Has Sprung at Berkshire Botanical Garden

April 13, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Berkshire Botanical GardenThe signs of spring are all around us right now: blossoms, birdsong, and the annual opening of the Berkshire Botanical Garden. Berkshire Botanical Garden is open all year ’round – but their display gardens are only open May 1st through October 11.

Berkshire Botanical Garden (BBG), in Stockbridge, MA, is one of the oldest public display gardens in the Northeast. The garden’s meticulously groomed 15 acres include display gardens and walking trails throughout. Best of all, they’re just a little over 6 miles from the door of our Berkshires B&B.

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