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Historic Deerfield, Chocolate Detectives

February 11 - February 14

Let’s be honest – it’s hard to find anyone that doesn’t like chocolate. Think how fast that office candy dish of chocolate is devoured! And what’s the go-to present for Valentine’s Day? That heart shaped box of chocolate, of course. But how did America come to consume 2.8 billion pounds of chocolate each year? Let us take you on a learning adventure, from the civilizations of the ancient Maya and Aztecs, to Europe and North America, during Historic Deerfield’s “Chocolate Detectives” program, to be held February 11-14, 2019.

Put on your detective hat and delve into the fascinating history of chocolate in early America through a series of demonstrations, lectures, tours, and tastings. You will learn how chocolate got its start as a breakfast beverage and how technology and invention helped to transform it into candy bars and desserts. Discover how we have come to associate chocolate with Valentine’s Day and learn about the origins of the Toll House Cookie. See special equipment such as chocolate pots and cups from the 18th and 19th centuries, used by elite society to drink hot chocolate. You’ll even get the opportunity to participate in a Victorian valentine workshop and enjoy a chocolate themed dinner!

Sign up now to become a “Chocolate Detective” during Historic Deerfield’s latest learning adventure. Registration is $795 per person and includes a double occupancy room at the Deerfield Inn for 3 nights (Monday, February 11 to Thursday, February 14), all lectures, demonstrations, and tours, and all meals (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners).

Register online, download a registration form, or call Julie Orvis at (413) 775-7179.

Richardson’s chocolates for your sweetheart!

Large Heart Shaped Box

Our heart-shaped gift boxes are filled with chocolates, truffles and love.

Fresh Strawberries Dipped in Dark Chocolate

Wednesday, February 13 & Thursday, February 14 – Only Available for Two Days!*

Be sure to call and reserve your order in advance. *in-store only; available after 11am each day on 2/13 and 2/14

Open Every Day

Extended Hours for Valentine’s Day
Monday, February 11 -Thursday, February 14

Questions or to place your order call
(800) 817-9338
(413) 772-0443


February 11
February 14


Historic Deerfield
84B Old Main Street
Deerfield, MA 01342
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(413) 774-5581