Historic Deerfield Review
Although it has a turbulent past, this village now basks in a genteel aura. With 52 buildings on 93 acres, Historic Deerfield provides a vivid glimpse into 18th- and 19th-century America. Along the tree-lined main street are 13 museum houses, built between 1720 and 1850; two are open to the public on self-guided tours, and the remainder can be seen by guided tours that begin on the hour. At the Wells-Thorn House, various rooms depict life as it changed from 1725 to 1850. The adjacent Frary House has arts and crafts from the 1900s on display; the attached Barnard Tavern was the main meeting place for Deerfield's villagers. Also of note is the Hinsdale and Anna Williams House, the stately home for an affluent early New England couple. There's a visitors center at Hall Tavern at 80 Old Main Street. Plan at least one full day at Historic Deerfield.
Flynt Center of Early New England Life. This traditional museum contains two galleries of silver and pewter as well as needlework, textiles, and clothing dating back to the 1600s. The lobby cases house rotating exhibitions. 37-D Old Main St., 01342. Weekends 9:30–4:30.
Memorial Hall Museum. American Indian artifacts, quilts, furnishings from early settlers, and other objects are on display at the Memorial Hall Museum, one of the oldest museums in the country. 8 Memorial St., 01342. 413/774–3768. deerfield-ma.org/. May–Oct., weekends 11–4:30.
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