Ashfield

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Ashfield was incorporated in 1765 with four Proprietors serving as Selectmen and is still today a Proprietor Town.  By 1840, Ashfield was the leading wool producing town in Franklin County and by 1855 it was the leading producer of butter and had 14 sawmills or woodworking shops.   

Ashfield continues to have a strong agricultural industry which is an important part of the local economy.   Local farmers produce fiber from sheep and goats, grow fresh vegetables, apples, peaches and blueberries.  In addition the area produces honey, maple syrup, Christmas trees, eggs, meet and dairy products.  The Ashfield Farmer's Market is located on the Town Common from May to October. 

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,800 people, 741 households, and 500 families residing in the town. By population, Ashfield ranked thirteenth of the twenty-six towns in Franklin County, and 296th out of the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts. 

The Town of Ashfield has 2 golf courses, Ashfield Lake, Bear Swamp Reservation, Ashfield Trails, Chapel Falls, and abuts the DAR State Forest.  Other activities around Ashfield include cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, fishing, and hiking.  

Ashfield is part of the hill-towns of western Franklin County.  It is conveniently located 30 minutes from Northampton and Greenfield and only 15 minutes from Shelburne Falls.  

Area Info:
Food & Drink

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. Their dinners are fabulous and they also sell local products.   

Every town needs a pizza place and Ashfield has it!  Nothing beats the Country Pie Pizza located on the Main Street.  Check out their pizzas on Facebook!

 

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.   This is usually sold out weeks in advance so make sure you order your tickets ahead of time.   

The Ashfield Farmer's Market is located on the Town Common every Saturday morning from May to October.

The Outdoors

Ashfield Lake is a beautiful part of Ashfield and has a public boat launch and picnic facilities. The lake has a beach with restrooms and a lifeguard during the summer months. Canoeing, fishing, swimming and diving from the dock are all popular activities.The beach is available only to town residents and the water offers boating, fishing, and swimming.

The Bear Swamp Reservation has three miles of trails, some steep in places, to a nearby beaver pond and terrific views of hillside orchards spreading below and the distant Green Mountains. For more information, visit the Trustees of Reservations website.

Hike to the top of Pony Mountain, then cool off with a summertime dip in the chilly waters of the Chapel brook’s picture-perfect pools and falls. For more information, visit the Trustees of Reservations website.

Ashfield Trails is a volunteer collaborative which for several years has been working to establish a community network of trails and footpaths in and around the Town of Ashfield.

In addition the town has two golf courses and it is located near many popular outdoor recreational activities.

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. 

For more information click here to access the Town's website.

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Ashfield Real Estate Market Data

Property Type:
Single Family
Inventory:
10
Avg Price:
$301,760
Avg Days On Market:
208
Property Type:
Commercial
Inventory:
1
Avg Price:
$995,000
Avg Days On Market:
242
Property Type:
Land
Inventory:
9
Avg Price:
$71,856
Avg Days On Market:
740

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