Ashfield was incorporated in 1765 with four Proprietors serving as Selectmen and is still today a Proprietor Town. Once the leading wool and butter producer, Ashfield continues to have a strong agricultural industry today, in fiber, fruits, vegetables, eggs, honey, maple syrup, Christmas trees, and meat.

Ashfield is part of the hilltowns of West Franklin County and is bordered by Buckland to the north, Conway to the east, Goshen to the south, Cummington to the southwest, Plainfield to the west, and Hawley to the northwest.

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Food & Drink

The Ashfield Meat CSA offers flexible subscriptions and provides grass-fed beef from Steady Lane Farm and pasture-raised pigs, lambs, and poultry from Dew Green Farm. Organic meats, dairy products, and produce can also be found at The Ashfield Farmers' Market, which takes place Saturday mornings from May to October on the Town Common.

The Ashfield Lake House is the spot to enjoy good food and drink, listen to live music, and take in the beautiful views of Ashfield Lake. For "big time breakfast," Elmer's Store serves delicious food and fresh baked treats in their historic building. At night, the store becomes a classy dinner joint. 

Town/Cultural Events

The town hosts two spectacular festivals, the Ashfield Fall Festival and Winterfest, also known as the Ashfield Festival of Arts, Evergreens, and Practicalities. Both festivals are unique to the season but generally feature art demonstrations, craft fairs, food, games, and entertainment.

Local theatre company, Double Edge Theatre offers original theatrical performances indoors and outdoors, which engage the audience.

The Outdoors

A main attraction of the town, the Ashfield Lake is a beautiful hidden gem tucked in the hills of Ashfield. The beach is available only to town residents and the water offers boating, fishing, and swimming.

In the summertime, Stone Meadow Gardens has Open Garden Days, when visitors can peruse the garden in the woods, hike, play games, picnic, and purchase some of their beautiful daylilies. 

Local Favorites

Ashfield has many small businesses. Ashfield Hardware is a women-owned and operated hometown hardware store. The Curtis House hosts events in their beautiful 1850s house and late 19th-century barn and offers delectable catering, DIY workshops, and floral arrangements, as well.

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