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Historic Deerfield, Patriot’s Day Revolutionary Muster

April 16 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT

Members of the public are invited to rediscover the history behind the Patriot’s Day holiday and the “shot heard ’round the world” at Historic Deerfield on Saturday, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The museum presents its annual Patriot’s Day Revolutionary Muster, offering a full day of activities for visitors of all ages throughout the village, including a colonial-era encampment.

The Revolution played out in different ways all across Massachusetts as people responded to the news of what happened on April 19, 1775, in Lexington and Concord. This event gives visitors the opportunity to gain a richer sense of what life was like in early America during this period, and to learn about the response of the residents of Deerfield to this turbulent time in our nation’s history.

Revolutionary times will come to life through demonstrations of period crafts and activities, fife and drum music, cannon and musket firing, and a muster. Historic Deerfield guides and open hearth cooks will interpret open hearth cooking and powder horn carving. Horse-drawn wagon rides will transport visitors through the village, and all historic houses will be available for touring.

From the opening “Reveille” at 10:30 a.m., visitors can experience a typical day in a colonial encampment. Highlights will include a procession accompanied by the fifes and drums to the town Liberty Pole, the reading aloud of an official “Muster,” as well as a re-enactment of the delivery to the town of the news that the Revolution had begun. On-going demonstrations include silversmithing, camp cooking, sewing uniforms, and children’s toys and games.

The Nathan Hale Ancient Fifes and Drums, of Coventry, Connecticut, play a lead role in the day’s activities, creating the encampment and leading the muster activities. Re-enactors in period costume bring the sights and sounds of revolutionary times.  The Nathan Hale Ancient Fifes and Drums have been officially recognized by the State of Connecticut as the reactivated 19th Connecticut Regiment of Foote – Continental Line. The Incorporated group consists of four units: The Field Music, Knowlton’s Connecticut Rangers, Capt. Stephen Buckland’s Artillery, and the Company of Artificers.

For more information, including a detailed schedule of the day’s activities (available a few days prior to the event), please visit www.historic-deerfield.org, or call (413) 775-7214.

Cap off the day with a special dinner at Champney’s Restaurant and Tavern at the Deerfield Inn:


Please join us for an evening of food and food history!

We will take you through a five course meal based on dishes of the past with a bit of information about how these dishes would have been prepared or served years ago.  We have updated the recipes to make them a bit more current and approachable.  This should be an interesting, educational and tasty evening!

Doors and cash bar available from 5 p.m. with a classic snack to appease your palate!  Dinner to begin at 5:30 p.m..

Reservations: (413) 774-5587

2018 Patriot's Day Revolutionary Muster
Patriots’ Day, celebrated only in the states of Massachusetts, Maine and Connecticut, commemorates the opening battles in the American Revolution on April 19, 1775. Patriots’ Day became an official holiday in Massachusetts in 1894. Maine, which had been part of Massachusetts until 1820, adopted holiday shortly after. Connecticut voted to adopt Patriots’ Day in 2018.


April 16
10:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT


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