Our Flynt Center of Early New England Life is open Saturdays & Sundays, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. with FREE ADMISSION! See visitor info & events. Houses are closed until May 1, 2024.

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TO Feb 4

Garden of Hearts: Madeline Yale Wynne and Deerfield’s Arts and Crafts Movement

April 15, 2023 - 5 AM - February 4, 2024 - 11 AM

Flynt Center of Early New England Life (+ Google Map)

In 1903, Madeline Yale Wynne (1847-1918), a leader in the American Arts and Crafts movement, constructed an oak bride’s chest ornamented with hammered copper panels, wrought iron hinges, and semi-precious stones. Known as the Garden of Hearts for its carved and painted scene of three inverted heart-shaped trees standing alongside a winding river, the chest is a tour-de-force of Arts and Crafts design—which favored handcraftsmanship over mechanized production—and showcases Wynne’s many talents as a painter, metalsmith, and woodworker.



TO Nov 27

Celebrating the Fiber Arts: The Helen Geier Flynt Textile Gallery

September 5, 2023 - 9 AM - November 27, 2023 - 4 PM

Flynt Center of Early New England Life (+ Google Map)

Open 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays, in the Flynt Center of Early New England Life. Historic Deerfield’s Textile Gallery provides a visual feast for visitors! Come see rare and unusual items from Historic Deerfield’s collection that tell fascinating stories of early schoolgirl needlework, men’s and women’s fashionable clothing, including a 1760s robe […]



TO Nov 29

Wreath-Making Workshops

November 27, 2023 - 2 PM - November 29, 2023 - 12 PM

Deerfield Community Center (+ Google Map)

Help create beautiful, natural wreaths to decorate the doorways of Deerfield. Bring your creativity, enthusiasm, and an extra pair of pruning shears. No experience required. Supplies and refreshments provided.



King Philips’s War, the Battle of Great Falls/Peskeompskut (May 19, 1676): Results of a Ten-Year Study, A Talk by Dr. Kevin McBride

December 3, 2023 - 2 PM - December 3, 2023 - 3 PM

Frontier Regional High School (+ Google Map)

Attend this lecture on a ten-year study of King Philips’s War, the Battle of Great Falls/Peskeompskut, co-sponsored by Historic Deerfield as part of Deerfield’s 350th celebration. Free and open to the public. No registration required.



Winter Frolic at Hall Tavern

December 16, 2023 - 12 PM - December 16, 2023 - 4 PM

Hall Tavern (+ Google Map)

Recreate the winter fun of early New England! Experience music, dancing, and parlor games. Make molasses popcorn balls and sip historic hot chocolate by a crackling fire in our 1786 tavern!



TO Mar 27

Led by an Evil Spirit: Lesser-Known Witches of New England

January 28, 2024 - 2 PM - March 27, 2024 - 8 PM

January 28, February 25, March 24
Outside of the well-known witchcraft outbreak at Salem and Essex County in 1692, there were other cases that resulted in trials of people suspected of covenanting with the Devil in order to harm their neighbors. These crises reveal fascinating details about community life in seventeenth-century New England towns and the fears and recriminations that sometimes resulted in the executions of those deemed to be servants of Satan. All lectures are free of charge and will be presented virtually via Zoom webinar. Registration required.



Hearth Cooking Workshop – Basics: From Hearth to Table

February 3, 2024 - 1 PM - February 3, 2024 - 5 PM

Hall Tavern (+ Google Map)

For the beginner, try a variety of hearth cooking techniques and equipment.



TO Feb 24

Open Hearth Cooking Workshops, Winter 2024

February 3, 2024 - 1 PM - February 24, 2024 - 3 PM

Hall Tavern (+ Google Map)

Workshops will take place on February 3, 10, 17, and 24. Please join us this winter to prepare and eat savory and sweet dishes under the guidance of our experienced open-hearth cooks. The hearth cooks will teach you a variety of techniques, providing a hands-on experience you will never forget in the kitchen of the 1786 Hall Tavern. You will participate in the process and assist the hearth cooks in preparing the dishes for the workshop.



Hearth Cooking Workshop – Supper at the Hall Tavern: Evening Workshop

February 10, 2024 - 4 PM - February 10, 2024 - 8 PM

Hall Tavern (+ Google Map)

Come and prepare hearty tavern fare and enjoy supper by the fire.



Desserts and Hot Chocolate

February 17, 2024 - 4 PM - February 17, 2024 - 8 PM

Hall Tavern (+ Google Map)

Cozy up to the fire as you sip historical hot chocolate and help prepare some sweet treats.



TO Feb 24

Fun in February: School Vacation Week at Historic Deerfield

February 20, 2024 - 10 AM - February 24, 2024 - 3 PM

History Workshop (+ Google Map)

February 20th -24th, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Come have fun at the History Workshop! Play games, make a craft, pretend to cook in a play historic kitchen, dress up, write with a quill pen, and weave on a loom. This is a drop-in program: come anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Children must […]



Baking in the Beehive Oven

February 24, 2024 - 10 AM - February 24, 2024 - 3 PM

Hall Tavern (+ Google Map)

Learn how to fire the beehive oven. We will bake bread and pies!    



Lecture: The Ongoing Relevance of 1704 Raid on Deerfield

February 29, 2024 - 7 PM - February 29, 2024 - 8 PM

To commemorate the anniversary of the 1704 Deerfield Raid Dr. Alice Nash, Associate Professor of History at UMass Amherst, will present “The Ongoing Relevance of 1704 Raid on Deerfield.” Register to receive your Zoom lecture link.



TO Mar 20

MUSEUM COURSE – Archaeology in Deerfield: Digging Deeper into Deerfield’s Histories

March 6, 2024 - 7 PM - March 20, 2024 - 8 PM

The Museum Course is held over three sessions: March 6, 13, and 20 2024, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. via Zoom. 

Did you ever want to be an archaeologist? Do you want to know more about local history and archaeology? What kinds of archaeological projects have been conducted in Deerfield? Register for the Museum Course this March and find out more about historical and precolonial  archaeology.



TO Aug 4

Unnamed Figures: Black Presence and Absence in the Early American North

May 1, 2024 - 9 AM - August 4, 2024 - 4 PM

Flynt Center of Early New England Life (+ Google Map)

Coming to Historic Deerfield in May, 2024! Unnamed Figures: Black Presence and Absence in the Early American North will be on view at Historic Deerfield’s Flynt Center from May 1 to August 4, 2024.

As a corrective to histories that define slavery and anti-Black racism as a largely Southern issue, this exhibition offers a new window onto Black representation in a region that is often overlooked in narratives of early African American history.

Through 125 remarkable works including paintings, needlework, and photographs, this exhibition invites visitors to focus on figures who appear in—or are omitted from—early American images and will challenge conventional narratives that have minimized early Black histories in the North, revealing the complexities and contradictions of the region’s history between the late 1600s and early 1800s.