From about 1812 to 1830, Ashfield was a center of the peppermint industry and by 1825 several hundred acres of peppermint were under cultivation, yielding up to forty pounds of oil per acre at a value of nearly $8 per pound. Other small industries during the 19th century included pottery making (an exhibit of which is at the Smithsonian Institute), production of wooden medical splints, a creamery and several sawmills, gristmills, woodworking mills, tanneries and maple sugaring. Of these, only maple sugaring continued to flourish and Ashfield has become well known for its maple products. For decades, Ashfield was a quiet farming community with dozens of dairy and apple farms dotting the hillsides and lowlands. In the past 40 years, however, several farms have disappeared and the open fields and pastures have returned to wooded areas. It is only in the last 20 years that more people have been moving to Ashfield than leaving it. Lured by the cool breezes and the scenic vistas, people from all walks of life have moved from the cities.
These bankers, attorneys, artisans, craftspeople, writers, artists, tradesmen, technicians and others have turned Ashfield into a cultural center. Through all the years, the common theme has been that "small is better" and that Ashfield's role in the world is to be a haven from the world. (Narrative supplied by community)
LocationWestern Massachusetts, bordered by Goshen and Cumington on the south and southwest, Plainfield on the west, Hawley on the northwest, Buckland on the north, and Conway on the east. Ashfield is 20 miles southwest of Greenfield, 21 miles north of Northampton, 109 miles west of Boston, and 175 miles from New York City.
Total Area: 40.42 sq. miles
Land Area: 40.30 sq. miles
Density: 43 per sq. mile
Source: Mass Department of Housing and Community Development
Real Estate Market Stats
Home Size in Square Feet
|Zillow Home Value Index||$252,800||$203,400|
|Median Single Family Home Value||$252,700||$201,300|
|Median 2-Bedroom Home Value||$220,600||$159,500|
|Median 3-Bedroom Home Value||$255,200||$197,500|
|Median 4-Bedroom Home Value||$318,900||$321,600|
|Percent Homes Decreasing||14.7%||18.4%|
|Median List Price Per Sq Ft||$148||$128|
|Median Sale Price||19||225,300|
|Turnover (Sold Within Last Yr.)||1%||2.9%|
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