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Historic Deerfield, Historic Trades Demonstrations

October 12 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until October 28, 2018

Visitors will meet talented craftspeople and observe their work up close each weekend this fall with our Historic Trade demonstrations. Learn how a printing press was important to communication in colonial times. See a joiner use a series of tools to square, shape, and join separate pieces of wood into a single, strong window sash. Working with the head of fiery coals, watch the blacksmith deftly transform hard, shapeless metal into a graceful, functional object. Check the calendar for a schedule of specific demonstrations which occur on Saturdays and Sundays, September 29 – November 24. Included with general admission.

Saturday, October 13, The Fine Craft of Building 17th & 18th Century Furniture: Demonstration with Craig Farrow

Saturday, October 13, Redware Pottery with Rick Hamelin

Saturday, October 13, Letterpress Printing Demonstration with Carl Darrow

Sunday, October 14, The Fine Craft of Building 17th & 18th Century Furniture: Demonstration with Craig Farrow

Sunday, October 14, Dressmaking with Linda Oakley, Shoemaking with Peter Oakley

Saturday, October 20, Silversmithing with Steve Smithers

Saturday, October 20, Architectural Woodworking with Ted Ingraham

Saturday, October 20, Tailoring with Henry Cooke

Sunday, October 21, White Pine Bark and Ash Bark Basket Making with Jennifer Lee

Saturday, October 27, Coopering with Neil Muckenhoupt

Sunday, October 28, Gravestone Carving with Karin Sprague

Friday, November 23, Redware Pottery with Stephen Earp, Paper Marbling with Regina St. John

Saturday, November 24, 17th Century Life

Dressed Rehearsal: Fashion as Performance

New Exhibit

September-October 2018

Stebbins House and Wells-Thorn House

What do you do when you first wake up in the morning? Chances are, getting dressed is at the top of the list! The reasons we dress are myriad; we dress for modesty, the weather, our jobs and roles in society, how we want to be perceived by others, and our mood. None of these reasons is fixed, and can change from one day to the next and over time. Formal and informal clothing, accessories, make up, hair care, and perfume or cologne, all contribute to our self-fashioning, and the impressions we give to others.

Historic Deerfield explores this concept in a special, 8-week fall exhibition of early 19th-century clothing and accessories. Examples of men’s and women’s dress from the collection will be on view in the Stebbins House and Wells-Thorn House in September and October of 2018.

Fresh, Local Honeycrisp Apples from Clarkdale Fruit Farms in Deerfield! Dipped in caramel and Richardson’s Milk Chocolate….they make a great hostess gift, easily sliced with a knife to share and serve!


October 12
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


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