Deerfield Travel Guide

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Deerfield Things to Do

  • Enjoy A Scenic View

    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...

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  • Yankee Candle Factory Store

    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...

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  • Chimney detail

    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

    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...

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  • Flynt Center of Early New England Life

    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...

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  • Flynt Center

    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...

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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

    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...

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  • Interesting methods of lighting

    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...

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  • Costumed guides tell the story

    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...

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  • Historic Deerfield 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...

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  • Barns and extensions of barns....

    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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Deerfield Hotels

  • Deerfield Inn

    Great! See other tips for additional info and pics of this wonderful 1700's Inn...gracious and...

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Deerfield Shopping

  • Candles and More

    The Yankee Candle Factory Store carries every type of candle in all varities of fragrance and size. The store also has a large selection of housewares and Christmas items for the home. Liz and I love candles and Yankee Candle makes some incredible scents that we love. Whenever we visit the shop we always leave with at leat four candles if not...

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  • Incredible Caramel Apples

    Popcornopolis is a chain that sells assorted types of flavored popcorn, candies and caramel apples. They have a kiosk at the Yankee Candle Factory here in Deerfield. My wife is familiar with their products and usually orders their jumbo tins of popcorn for her Dad. Their popcorn varieties are quite extensive with something for the sweet lover, salt...

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Deerfield Local Customs

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo

    by Pawtuxet Updated Sep 29, 2003

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    Are you a gardener? You might notice the development of the gardens over time. Different countries have their own trademark style...and here we see the very early homes with minimal plantings...and then as goods were more available into the 1800's...we see more elaborate gardens developing. Along with that, of course, is garden architecture...such as the lattice work shown here....alongside an 1800's home.

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Deerfield Off The Beaten Path

  • Antique Auto Show

    While we were in Deerfield area, we spotted an auto show. So glad we stopped. They had some of the very earliest autos manufactured...all privately owned. Such an assortment right up to the 40's and 50's. Each owner displays his car, talks to onlookers about its restoration, and of course bursts with pride. This is one that I particularly liked....

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  • Tobacco drying

    Here is a closer look at the tobacco hanging up to dry in the old barn. Please see my other tip which has the larger view of the entire structure.

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  • Tobacco Country in New England

    Driving up to Deerfield from Hadley we decided to try some of the alternate routes. So glad we did. Never dreamed they grew tobacco in NW Massachusetts...but in fact, they do! The fields, homes, barns were really beautiful. What a nice drive. I highly recommend getting off the highway whenever time allows. My husband was so taken with the barns and...

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Deerfield Favorites

  • Deerfield was a significant...

    Deerfield was a significant part of my family history. If you are into history, this is a must stop. Just take in the whole village. It is 19th century New England. This is a great place to learn New England hertitage.

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  • Go tubing on the Deerfield...

    Go tubing on the Deerfield river.There is a nice long 'lazy river' that ends near a state park. You can rent tire tubes from a local gas station and tube down the whole river. Hot weather,a few friends, and a backpack full of beer make this a great summer day adventure.

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