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In this episode of The Atlas Obscura Podcast, we visit the Ashley House in Sheffield, Massachusetts, which has for decades preserved and promoted the story of Col. John Ashley, a wealthy businessman who opened his home to those fighting against British rule on the eve of America’s war for independence. In this episode, however, we hear a new narrative, about an enslaved woman and true patriot who tested the rhetoric of the revolution.

Our podcast is an audio guide to the world’s wondrous, awe-inspiring, strange places. In under 15 minutes, we’ll take you to an incredible site, and along the way you’ll meet some fascinating people and hear their stories. Join us daily, Monday through Thursday, to explore a new wonder with cofounder Dylan Thuras and a neighborhood of Atlas Obscura reporters.

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