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Historic Deerfield

84B Old Main Street
413-774-5581

Situated on a 330-year-old, mile long street, Historic Deerfield preserves and interprets the architecture, artifacts and lifestyle of a prosperous early New England town. The extraordinary houses with their antique furnishings, along with the exhibition galleries and collections, comprise some of the finest examples of publicly available Americana in the United States.

Historic Deerfield was incorporated in 1952, to sustain the work of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Flynt, of Greenwich, Connecticut. In 1936, the Flynts enrolled their son at Deerfield Academy, a nationally known college prep school founded in 1797, located in the center village of Deerfield, Massachusetts. The Flynts were amazed at the remarkable, but fragile, state of preservation of the old village. With the encouragement of Deerfield Academy's Headmaster, Frank Boyden, they began to purchase the old houses along the street to carefully restore them.

Today, 13 museum houses, built between 1730 and 1850, and the Flynt Center of Early New England Life display more than 25,000 objects made or used in America between 1650 and 1850. It is the quality of this collection, the meticulously preserved 18th and 19th century houses in which it is displayed, and the old village itself that make Historic Deerfield the New England that all travellers hope to find.

Mission Statement

Historic Deerfield, Incorporated, is dedicated to the heritage and preservation of Deerfield, Massachusetts, and the Connecticut River Valley. Its museums and programs provide today's audiences with experiences that create an understanding and appreciation of New England's historic villages and countryside.



Reviews

A Kelly-Niziolek

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Saturday, July 7, 2018
It was a beautiful day so walking to the different locations was very pleasant. We wish had the time to do more of the guided tours. There was some very interesting things to see.

Paige Caye

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Sunday, June 24, 2018
This was very disappointing. Your paying to get 35 minute guided tours. They go every hour, except at lunch time. Was interesting, but really not worth the money. The 4 houses with guided tours are at either end of the street from the visitors center. Not noted that 2 houses to the north are 10 minute walk away, the two to the south will now be 20 minute walk back the other way. 2 self guided homes. Gift shop was nice. Was going to ask for my money back, but my husband would not let me. Please just drive to the gift shop n see the self guided tour. Don’t know if they would notice if you had the band on for the guided tour. We were not asked to show the band. So what are you paying for?

Stephanie Kelly

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Thursday, June 28, 2018
Great historic village. Great for kids and families or history lovers. Make sure to check out the old burial grounds before you leave

Irene Shih

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Saturday, March 17, 2018
I wouldn’t go out of my way to visit this cute historic village but it definitely was a good place to get out, stretch our legs, and disappear into the middle of nowhere. We came off season so there were very few people around. There’s a large school upon entering the town that my family and I enjoyed walking around, oohing and ahhing at how beautiful the grounds and buildings are. There’s a good short footpath that’s just a little ways out of the center of the village. You get to walk past a real working farm and read about some history along the way.

Jason LaPointe

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Thursday, June 14, 2018
We had a great time. The tour guides were knowledgeable and interesting, the place was well maintained, and all staff were very helpful.

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