Everyday Life in the Past

Walking Tours

A daily Walking Tour of the village and town common departs at 10:30 a.m. The tour sets the stage for understanding the 18th-century town of Deerfield. Weather permitting; included with paid admission.

Printed maps for self-guided Walking Tours include routes about the 1704 Raid, English Settlement and the Pocumtuck Homeland, explain daily lives of early English settlers, and the Pocumtuck people who preceded the English. Available for purchase at the Visitor Center at Hall Tavern, The Flynt Center and the Museum Gift Shop & Bookstore.

Self-Guided Spaces

Included with paid admission. Visit our museum houses and world-famous collections of early American crafts and decorative arts on your own, at your own pace. Your choices include:

  • The Sheldon House shows daily life for an average farming family from 1780 to 1810. Open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • The Cooks’ Garden interprets the herbs and vegetables that would have been grown in an 18th-century kitchen garden. Open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Apprentices’ Workshop at Dwight House shows how things were made by hand long ago. Learn about woodworking, weaving cloth, and making ceramics. Open 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Guided House Tours

Included with paid admission. Tours begin on the hour from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and last about 35 minutes. Visitors should arrive five minutes before the start of hourly tours. Your choices include:

  • The Wells-Thorn House takes visitors through 125 years of Deerfield history in seven rooms, starting in 1725 and ending in 1850. Through different room settings, the tour explains how the town and the nation changed over this period of time.
  • The Hinsdale and Anna Williams House focuses on the Williams family, and their life in the grand federal mansion they extensively renovated in 1816.

Museum Gift Shop and Bookstore Hours: open 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

Deerfield Lunch Box: open 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. for lunch, beverages and snacks. Located behind the Visitor Center at Hall Tavern.

Champney's Restaurant & Tavern at the Deerfield Inn open for lunch from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily.