In 1920, Phoebe Jordan became the first woman to vote in a national election when she cast her ballot in New Ashford. The wooden ballot box used during this election is still in use.
New Ashford, tucked between Lanesborough and Williamstown, is one of Berkshire County’s smallest towns in land area, clocking in at 13.5 square miles. It was founded in 1762 and named for the town in Connecticut where its founders were from. Much like Dixville Notch, New Hampshire, New Ashford was once the first town to cast votes in presidential elections. Today it retains much of its original pastoral character and sweeping wooded landscape.
The second-highest peak (after Mount Greylock) in Massachusetts, Saddle Ball is part of a series of outcroppings that wind along the southern ridge of the Mount Greylock range. A hike on Saddle Ball will take you through a variety of microclimates, with a variety of trees and dazzling wildflowers.
Watch your meal of classic French country cuisine being prepared in the open kitchen of this restaurant, located in an 18th-century farmhouse. Mill on the Floss has been owned and operated by the same family for nearly a half century.