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See ‘Handmade in old New England’ come to life

If you ever wondered how Colonial Americans made their furnishings, textiles, housewares and clothing, join us weekends this Fall for our Historic Trade Demonstrations. See live demonstrations of the traditional arts and trades that were an essential part of life in Colonial American settlements. Meet the makers themselves; skilled craftspeople who keep these traditions alive and continue to practice these fascinating, time-honored techniques. Come see what handmade is all about, and experience Yankee ingenuity at its very best!

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Historic Trade Demonstrations at

Historic Deerfield


COMPLETE 2018 SCHEDULE:

Tinsmithing with Bill McMillen

Saturday, September 29, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Stoneware Pottery with Mark Shapiro

Saturday, September 29, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Doctor is In! Early 19th century Medical Practices with Dr. Jack Richman

Sunday, September 30, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Blacksmithing with Rick Martin

Saturday, October 6, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Gunsmithing with Leonard Day

Sunday, October 7, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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

Saturday, October 13, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Redware Pottery with Rick Hamelin

Saturday, October 13, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Letterpress Printing Demonstration with Carl Darrow

Saturday, October 13, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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

Sunday, October 14, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Dressmaking with Linda Oakley and Shoemaking with Peter Oakley

Sunday, October 14, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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Silversmithing with Steve Smithers

Saturday, October 20, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Architectural Woodworking with Ted Ingraham

Saturday, October 20, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tailoring with Henry Cooke

Saturday, October 20, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

White Pine Bark and Ash Bark Basket Making with Jennifer Lee

Sunday, October 21, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Coopering with Neil Muckenhoupt

Saturday, October 27, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Gravestone Carving with Karin Sprague

Sunday, October 28, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Redware Pottery with Stephen Earp

Paper Marbling with Regina St. John

Friday, November 23, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

17th Century Life (period arts, crafts, and trades)

Saturday, November 24, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Historic Trade Demonstrations are included with paid admission. Tickets may be purchased at the Visitor Center at Hall Tavern, or at the Flynt Center of Early New England Life. General Admission includes house tours, walking tours, access to collections and any special programs scheduled during your visit.