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SHEFIELD

Sheffield is located in the Housatonic River Valley at the southern end of Berkshire County.  With two distinct villages, Sheffield and Ashley Falls, the town's development pattern has been greatly influenced by its physical features: the Housatonic River and its wide floodplain, the Schenob Brook wetland complex (identified as one of the most unique unspoiled ecosystems in the world); and the steep slopes of the Berkshire Hills on the east and the Taconic Range on the west. It's the oldest town in Berkshire County and the community has maintained its rich historical character.  Noted for its deep agricultural soils, much of Sheffield remains open and in agricultural production. The combination of wide open river valley, mountain vistas and active farmland, residents feel, makes Sheffield one of the most beautiful towns in the Commonwealth, with the fall being an especially attractive time of year.

Located on U.S. Route 7, Sheffield is approximately one hour from Hartford, Springfield and Albany, and two and one-half hours from Boston and New York City.  There is easy access to all the cultural and recreational opportunities in the area, including skiing, state parks and forests, and summer theater and music events. The town includes Ashley Falls.

It's in southwestern Massachusetts, bordered by Great Barrington on the north; New Marlborough on the east; Salisbury and North Canaan, Connecticut, on the south; and Egremont and Mt. Washington on the west. Sheffield is 33 miles south of Pittsfield, 40 miles west of Springfield, 130 miles southwest of Boston, and 120 miles from New York City.

ARTS

Sheffield Pottery

In a converted 19th Century New England barn you'll find beautiful, functional hand made pottery as well as ceramic supplies. 
on Rte 7 between  Great Barrington and Sheffield.
http://www.sheffield-pottery.com
 

GALLERIES

Loring Gallery
Several artists, showing fine art, sculpture & the original prints & posters of Toulouse Lautrec.  Call for hours.
On North Main Street,
413-229-0110
http://www.loringgallery.com


HISTORIC SITES

The original Covered Bridge was built in 1832, but was destroyed by a fire in 1994.  The new Bridge, built in 1999, carries Bridge Road over the Housatonic River.  It was designed to be as close to a reproduction of the historic original as modern engineering standards would allow. The bridge is now open to foot traffic only, but worth seeing for it's authenticity.

Take US 7, about 0.8 miles north of Sheffield, then east 0.2 miles to the bridge.

 Much of the town's past is captured in original structures still standing, carefully maintained by the Sheffield Historical Society.

Colonel John Ashley House
Col. Ashley owned 2000 acres, mills and slaves. Learn about Elizabeth Freeman, who sued for her freedom.
On Cooper Hill Road, Ashley Falls
41) 298-3239 Ext. 3000
http://www.thetrustees.org/ashleyhouse

Sheffield Historical Society
Society;s headquarters and period museum. at the 1774 Dan Raymond House, the resplendent home of a prosperous merchant and a Loyalist.   Historic seven building campus with an18th century house museum & research center. Tours given.
On Main Street,
413- 229-2694
http://www.sheffieldhistory.org


Old Stone Store

A circa 1834 structure used as a commercial building since the mid-1830s, it is now being renovated as a museum and community information center, is right on  the Sheffield Green. This unique edifice, the oldest commercial building in town, sits directly in front of the 19th-century town hail and adjacent to the 18th-century Congregational meetinghouse. As such the Store holds a distinctive place, both historically and geographically, in our community.




ANTIQUES
There are many antique shops in and around Sheffield.  Just take a drive on Rte. 7 and you'll see them all.  A perfect place for a day of antiquing.


OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES



Bartholomew's Cobble is owned by the Trustees of Reservations and is known for outstanding flora and fauna, freshwater marshes and beaver ponds and Hurlbutt's Hill, at 1,700 feet offering panoramic views of the Housatonic River Valley. The reservation offers five miles of trails for moderate-level hiking.
It's off Route 7A in Ashley Falls.

 

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