Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Historic Deerfield

I had a great visit to Historic Deerfield last week.  The trip was research and tourism.  I have a passion for house-museums and Deerfield is a collection of 18th and early 19th century homes built on a mile-long stretch of old New England road.  Line with old trees, a town green, church, inn and post office.  A beautiful place with a pleasant, easy pace.

Deerfield is also known for Deerfield Academy, founded in this farming community in 1797.  Wealthy patrons, Henry and Helen Flynt, discovered the town when their son attended the academy in the 1930's.  They began buying historic homes, most of which are on their original sites.  In 1952, their collection was organized into Historic Deerfield, including the homes, furnishings and decorative arts.  The ensemble serves as an interpretation of life in New England from the 17th to the early 19th centuries.  It is a beautiful place and well worth a visit.  A few pics to give you an idea.

The Wells-Thorn House (1747)

The Frary House (1750)

Reverend John Farwell Moors House (1838)
The Sheldon House (1755)

Some doorways of Historic Deerfield:

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