Wright House

  • Built in 1824 by Asa Stebbins for his son Asa Jr. upon the occasion of the latter’s marriage.
  • Constructed of brick in a simple Federal style, Asa Sr. had built his own house in brick in 1799, contrasting from the earlier Georgian-inspired clapboard houses in Deerfield.
  • May have been designed by Winthrop Clapp, the designer and builder of the Brick Meetinghouse (now the Brick Church) which was also erected in 1824.
  • Gilded fanlight details above the front door became popular in the early 19th century.
  • Asa Stebbins, Jr. was an active farmer and an energetic office holder. He served the town for many years as selectman, moderator of the town meeting, and town treasurer.
  • The house remained in the hands of Asa Stebbins Jr.’s heirs until 1908, when it was acquired by George and Jane Wright.
  • Purchased in 1948 by Historic Deerfield, Inc., founders Henry and Helen Flynt.
  • The Flynts decided to keep the name “Wright House” as it would be confusing for Historic Deerfield to have two Stebbins Houses.
  • Through the years the Wright House has been mainly a gallery house for showcasing Historic Deerfield’s outstanding collection of furniture.
  • Currently home to the exhibit Furniture Masterworks: Tradition and Innovation in Western Massachusettspart of Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture.

The Furniture Masterworks exhibition, self-guided, is included with admission to the museum. Open 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m.