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    Enjoy A Scenic View

    by cjg1 Updated Apr 7, 2009

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    We were travelling to The Yankee Candle Factory when we saw a sign for a scenic view. We turned off the highway to check it out for ourselves. The view is of the river and the other side of the river bank. The view was a bit obstructed by a large metal fence and a large mound of construction dirt. We managed to stand on tip toes to get a better look at the view. We always try to stop at scenic views when we are on a road trip; you never know what you might find.

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    Yankee Candle Factory Store

    by cjg1 Updated Apr 7, 2009

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    The Yankee Candle Factory Store is a huge complex with many different show rooms. When we first walked in the first thing I noticed was the toy train chugging around a railroad track suspended in the air; now that's what I like. In the store they have rooms for candles, air freshners, votives, tarts, make your own candle, childrens toys, christmas ornaments, christmas houses, nutcrackers, kitchen items, a candy store and a build your own stuffed animal section. There is just about every frangrance of candle your could imagine in an assortment of sizes. You could get dizzy going from candle to candle testing the scent.

    Our favorite part of the store was the Christmas Village; every 4 minutes snow falls down into the Christmas village. Liz was quite amused at the snow and it was quite funy to watch her twirl around as the snow came down. The Nutcracker room is always a hit with Liz since she is a big collector of Christmas Nutcrackers. They have life size nutcrackers as well as famous character nutcrackers such as a Napoleon Bonaparte. They had a dip your own candle area and Liz made some tapers for the house in a burgundy color(on our first visit). It took a few tries since the colored wax was not co-operating with her.

    We left with some candles in Vanilla, Strawberry, Cinnamon, Ocean Walk, Pumpkin and Harvest scents.

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    Chimney detail

    by Pawtuxet Updated Jun 12, 2007

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    Sheldon-Hawks House

    Couldn't resist photographing such a wonderful chimney. Having just had our chimney rebuilt in our own 1770 house, I am truly appreciative of what has been done here. The detail on this chimney is rather elegant for its day.
    Click to enlarge and see detail

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    Early hearth

    by Pawtuxet Updated Jun 12, 2007

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    Heart of the home

    The fireplace in the central room ... known as the "keeping room" was the heart of the home. Here is where the cooking was done...spinning nearby...much of the business of the day...in Mom's life. Notice the tools and utensils. The simplicity of it is fascinating.
    One could closely date the fireplace by the brick oven. The 1600's ovens were in the back wall of the fireplace as shown here, whereas the 1700's brought more safety to the lady of the house by bringing the oven to the front wall, such as I have in my own 1770 home. Many women were burned severely when their skirts caught fire while tending the oven at the rear of the hearth.

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    Flynt Center of Early New England Life

    by Pawtuxet Updated Mar 1, 2004

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    Flynt Center

    Changing exhibitions and The Museum's Attic - visible storage of 2500 antiques. Opened in 1998
    The center sits behind the Dwight House on the Main Street of Deerfield. It's a wonderful museum...and even more wonderful complex of buildings including numerous barns and the Dwight House c1754 which is pictured on another tip.
    Flynt was the founder of the museum town.

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    Flynt Center

    by Pawtuxet Updated Mar 1, 2004

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    Dwight House

    When in Deerfield, you must visit the Flynt center. It is a museum of many early American arts and furnishings collected by the Flynts..as well as others. The museum is wonderful...as well as the grounds and the house which fronts on the street. Reserve at least an hour or two for this stop. It is included in the general admission.
    Dwight House at the front of the Flynt Center was the home of an 18th century merchant with Connecticut Valley and Boston furniture and portraiture, moved from Springfield, Massachusetts. C1754

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    Wells-Thorn House

    by Pawtuxet Updated Mar 1, 2004

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    Wells-Thorn House

    The Wells-Thorn House c1720-1751, has period rooms depicting the life-style of Deerfield residents from 1725 - 1850. It is a spectacular example of a house from this period. I must applaud those who have worked to restore and maintain these wonderful examples of early American architecture in such a pure environment.

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    The Allen House

    by Pawtuxet Updated Mar 1, 2004

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    The Allen House

    The Allen House c.1725, was the residence of Mr,. And Mrs. Henry Flynt, founders of Historic Deerfield, Inc.
    Their personal collections are in this home as well as several others. The Flynts bought almost the entire town, restored the homes, and created this masterpiece of historic architecture.....to be studied by visitors and enjoyed for generations.

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    Interesting methods of lighting

    by Pawtuxet Updated Mar 1, 2004

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    Lighting options

    Within the "Indian House Memorial" , which is a replica of a very early house...there is a display of early lighting. You have examples of candlesticks of wood and pewter....small oil pots w/ wick, and the "betty lamp". The betty lamp used fat or oil and hung from the mantle or the back of a chair. It was one of the earliest lighting devices in those early years in this country.
    If you click on the photo to enlarge...you will be able to see the detail of these interesting pieces better.

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    Costumed guides tell the story

    by Pawtuxet Updated Mar 1, 2004

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    Volunteer costumed guide

    There are knowledgeable guides doing continuious presentations every hour in several of the buildings and homes along the Main Street. This man is talking about the Indian House Memorial. The original was destroyed and a new one built. I particularly liked the fireplace and tools as well as the lighting display...all shown on other tips within this page.

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    Historic Deerfield Visitors Center

    by Pawtuxet Updated Mar 1, 2004

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    Visitors' Center

    Begin your tour at the visitors center. You will be supplied with maps and information re: events, tours, which buildings are open and closed...history of the village. You can buy tickets for admittance to all the buildings. Or, if you wish to be more casual, you might simply do a walking tour w/ brochures and visit the gift shop, nature walk, and the Deerfield Inn.
    Enjoy the 330 year old mile long street of a prosperous early New England town. There are four dozen 18th and 19th century buildings .

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    Barns and extensions of barns....

    by Pawtuxet Written Sep 25, 2003

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    Barns of Deerfield

    So many of the houses in northwestern Massachusetts had this style of barns. They seem to have packed everything in and then decided to build another...and another...and another. Some are truly amazing with their number of extensions and additions. This one was at the rear of a buliding in the historic district, but it is true of the entire region.

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    Shopping for Americana

    by Pawtuxet Written Sep 24, 2003

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    The Gift Shop

    There is only one shop in Deerfield. It is the official gift shop for the town. There are many wonderful treasures to be found here. . . large and small. They carry everything from books to weathervanes...tiny glass and jewelry...household items and home decorating accents. It's really quite well done.

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    Visit the 'Yankee Candle'...

    by vrage Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Visit the 'Yankee Candle' company.
    This is the main building for the famous New England candle maker.
    This huge building on the inside is all done like a Christmas wonderland. Little shops and fake snow coming down it is completely wonderful. It looks like you are outside too because it is darkened and they have stars and such.

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