About Us

Welcome to the Historic Deerfield website—the next best thing to visiting our museum of history, art and architecture along a mile-long street laid out in 1671 and still lined with 18th- and 19th-century houses on their original sites. This quintessential New England village is surrounded by working farms and rolling cornfields along the Deerfield River. Here in western Massachusetts, Historic Deerfield’s museum houses range in date from the 1730s to the 1840s. Inside you will find one of the best public collections of art and antiques in America while you explore the lifestyle of early New England in a working village of endless beauty. And after touring, take time to relax at the 1884 Deerfield Inn. For now, enjoy our website and use it to plan your trip to see us in Deerfield!

Philip Zea
President


Mission Statement

Historic Deerfield, Inc., is dedicated to the heritage and preservation of Deerfield, Massachusetts and the Connecticut River Valley. Its museums and programs provide today’s audiences with experiences that create an understanding and appreciation of New England’s historic villages and countryside.

Strategic Plan

The Strategic Planning Committee of the Board of Trustees of Historic Deerfield recently completed the 2020 Vision for Historic Deerfield: The Strategic Plan.  Learn more about this guiding plan for the future of the museum.

Organizational History

Historic Deerfield was incorporated in 1952 to sustain the work of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Flynt of Greenwich, Connecticut. In 1936, the Flynts enrolled their son at Deerfield Academy, a nationally-known college preparatory school founded in 1797, located in the center of Deerfield, Massachusetts. With the encouragement of Deerfield Academy’s headmaster, Frank Boyden, they began to purchase and restore the old houses along The Street to carefully restore them. Today, 12 historic houses, the Memorial Libraries,  and the Flynt Center of Early New England Life display collections of more than 25,000 objects made or used in America between 1650 and 1850.  

Contact Us

View staff directory and address information. 

Employment

Review our current employment opportunities.

Facility Rentals

Historic Deerfield offers meeting and event rentals at the Deerfield Community Center. For more information, please contact Julie Orvis, Special Events Coordinator, at (413) 775-7179 or events@historic-deerfield.org


News

Click here for recent news and press information. 

Institutional Links

American Revolution Center (http://www.americanrevolutioncenter.org/)
Deerfield Attractions (http://www.deerfieldattractions.com/)
Franklin County Chamber of Commerce (http://www.franklincc.org/)
Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau (http://www.valleyvisitor.com/)
Massachusetts Cultural Council ( http://www.massculturalcouncil.org/ )
Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (http://www.massvacation.com/)
MassHumanties (http://www.masshumanities.org/)
Museums10 (http://www.museums10.org)
Outdoor History Museum Forum
Pioneer Valley History Network (http://www.pioneervalleyhistorynetwork.org)
Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association (http://www.deerfield-ma.org/


Publications Program

From time to time, Historic Deerfield publishes books and electronic documents that support our mission and highlight our collections. For more information, please contact David Bosse, Librarian and Curator of Maps, at (413) 775-7126 or  dbosse@historic-deerfield.org.

Historic Deerfield Board of Trustees

For a list of Historic Deerfield's Board of Trustees, click here.

Annual Report

2016 Annual Report

2015 Annual Report

2014 Annual Report

Audited Financials

FY 2016

Form 990

2015

Policies

Donor Confidentiality Policy
Whistleblower Policy 

Accreditation

Historic Deerfield is accredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM).

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Acknowledgements

A portion of Historic Deerfield’s operating funds is provided through a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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Historic Deerfield is the recipient of The Decorative Arts Trust Curatorial Internship Grant for 2016-2018 and a recipient of an Emerging Scholars Program Grant for 2017.

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