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Historic Deerfield, Opening Weekend
May 31, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm EDT
An event every day that begins at 9:30 am, repeating until May 31, 2021
Welcome Back!! Historic Deerfield’s museum houses, the Flynt Center of Early New England Life, and the museum store will open Memorial Day weekend.
Admission to Historic Deerfield during the 2021 season includes at least ONE historic house open for touring. Inquire on the day of your visit which house is open for touring that day.
Saturday, May 29, 10:00 AM 3:00 PM
Historic Deerfield continues its archaeological investigation of the Stebbins House site. Museum visitors are invited to visit the excavation and talk to archaeologists at work as they follow-up on clues from a ground-penetrating radar survey.
Join us in the History Workshop to watch a broom being made by hand, learn about growing and processing broomcorn, and see broom making tools and equipment. Learn the story of Caleb Salisbury, an African-American man who lived in Deerfield and made brooms, and learn about the role of broom-making and craft industry in the 19th century.
Exhibitions at the Flynt Center of Early New England Life include:
- TEXTiles and Technology: Featured in the Helen Geier Flynt Textile Gallery in 2021 is an insightful display featuring a group of objects that used both the printed word and/or new innovations to decorate and improve life for people in the 19th and 20th centuries. The theme is explored through a selection of objects that include an engaging pair of printed cotton handkerchiefs, a rare pair of early 20th-century water wings, and a 19th-century hoop skirt patent – as well as an actual hoop skirt made to its specifications!
- View an impressive array of furniture produced in Boston in the 18thand 19th centuries in the “Into the Woods” gallery at the Flynt Center of Early New England Life. Rare and exceptional forms include an 18th-century japanned high chest, an 18th-century turret-top tea table, and a 19th-century sideboard attributed to cabinetmakers John and Thomas Seymour.
- In 18th and 19th-century Britain and America, ceramics became an important medium for denouncing the horrors of slavery and promoting social change. Come visit the “Museum’s Attic” at the Flynt Center of Early New England Life to view and learn more about examples of anti-slavery ceramics, and the meaning behind their design and decoration.
- Branches of Woodworking: Labor, Learning & Livelihood, 1760-1860, a new exhibition in the Flynt Center’s lobby featuring the diverse scope of work practiced by different kinds of woodworkers.
- In the Flynt Center hallway, Following the Captives’ Trail is a photographic expedition by Allison Williams Bell combining images and maps with cultural and natural history details to give a sense of the daunting challenges met by the 1704 captors and captives of the Deerfield Raid.
Visitors to Historic Deerfield are required to social distance and wear a mask or face covering. It is strongly encouraged for visitors to purchase their tickets in advance online at historic-deerfield.org. So that all guests may safely and comfortably tour Historic Deerfield, the museum is now using a timed entry ticketing system to facilitate social distancing. Timed entry tickets indicate visitor arrival time to the museum; timed entry does not reserve a space on a tour.
Adult admission is $15, and the museum is pleased to offer free admission for children age 17 and under for the 2021 season. As always, Historic Deerfield members and Deerfield/South Deerfield residents receive free admission.
During this period, admission tickets will only be available at the Flynt Center of Early New England Life. The Visitor Center at Hall Tavern will be closed. Visitors should stop at the Flynt Center of Early New England Life to redeem their online tickets or purchase tickets. If purchasing walk-up (in person) tickets.