Sheffield, which includes the village of Ashley Falls, has the honor of being the first town of what is now Berkshire Country. Incorporated on June 22, 1733, the town was once much larger. Its north parish split off and became Great Barrington in 1761.

While you might consider Sheffield, today, to be a bucolic, tourist town, it was once very politically active on the national level. On Jan. 12, 1773, the Sheffield Resolves, also known as the Sheffield Declaration, a petition against British rule and a manifesto for individual rights was signed. This precursor to the Declaration of Independence was published in The Massachusetts Spy, also known as Thomas's Boston Journal, on Feb. 18, 1773. Sheffield was also the site of the bloodiest battle of Shay's Rebellion on February 27, 1787.

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Jennifer Huberdeau is The Eagle's features editor. Prior to The Eagle, she worked at The North Adams Transcript. She is a 2021 Rabkin Award Winner, 2020 New England First Amendment Institute Fellow and a 2010 BCBS Health Care Fellow.