Deerfield Travel Guide: 28 reviews and 86 photos

Touring the Historic Village of Deerfield

Deerfield is a unique town in that it is one of the largest collections of early American architecture set in its original site...and in continuous use since its origins. At one point, a number of the buildings were becoming deteriorated and a family named Flynt took it upon themselves to buy and develop the numerous buildings...creating an amazing living museum. Some of the buildings are owned privately and lived in by current residents who work in the village. Other buildings are outfitted with the arts and furnishings collected by the Flynts over the years...or since collected by the current curators.
Deerfield is located in the north west corner of Massachusetts, just north of Amhurst.
There is one tavern and inn in the town, and a gift shop. Otherwise you will find no commercial development whatsoever, and so will have to travel a few miles past the surrounding pastoral acreage to get to other inns, restaurants, and general retail establishments.
If you are a student of early American architecture, this village should not be missed. What a wonderful feeling to walk down a street with no utility wires, signs, or other modern day interruptions to the peaceful character of a tree lined 1700's village street.

Typical Keeping Room Fireplace

Of course you will see several wonderful old fireplaces...and it is interesting to compare those of the 1600's, 1700's, and 1800's. One can trace the history of the country and the trades...through this simple architecture of ordinary homes.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Unique, authentic early Americana
  • Cons:There should be more preserved villages like this one.
  • In a nutshell:An American Historian's delight
  • Last visit to Deerfield: Sep 2003
  • Intro Updated Mar 1, 2004
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  • Faiza-Ifrah's Profile Photo
    Dec 18, 2007 at 5:16 PM

    i liked the tips on historical houses. tobacco plantation in northwest? that is surprising :-)

  • Jenniflower's Profile Photo
    Jun 18, 2007 at 2:19 PM

    Janet, what a lovely place,and would never have heard re it but for you, thanks! :) I love the old lighting info especially, as well as the fact they love building barns!!!

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Mar 5, 2006 at 8:39 AM

    This is marvelous, especially for those of us who love the architecture, the details, the garden information, and that excellent place you stayed overnight.

  • tpangelinan's Profile Photo
    Mar 4, 2006 at 1:44 PM

    Great page on Deerfield, you really worked hard on your page.

  • tiabunna's Profile Photo
    Mar 3, 2006 at 5:14 PM

    Some lovely old historic building photos, Janet. Wrapped in the "old cars" photo - makes me think that VT needs a "special interest" catergory for that sort of thing...

  • quartinb's Profile Photo
    Oct 17, 2004 at 4:11 AM

    ,,,lovely old buildings and what a feast to yur "camera" eyes! ,,the b&b clark tavern inn seems gorgeous!

  • Easty's Profile Photo
    Jun 19, 2004 at 8:40 AM

    Great page Janet!!! You did Deerfield some well deserved justice. Excellent historical information as well.

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Mar 5, 2004 at 8:55 AM

    Beautiful page, architecture - quiet place out off busy and crowded cities. Interesting Antique Auto Show tip!

  • tessy's Profile Photo
    Feb 10, 2004 at 12:49 PM

    Love such details like the chimney! When I see these old cars, I always have to look at them. They are just so pretty and the enthousiasm of their owners is really something else.

  • gosiaPL's Profile Photo
    Nov 24, 2003 at 6:26 AM

    CUTE and very appealing! New England seems just adorable, I love this "other side" of the US :-)


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