North American ginseng finds a ready market in the 18th century China trade and continues to flourish into the 19th century when Deerfield doctor Stephen West Williams documents the medicinal properties of the root in his herbarium.
In the 19th century, death by arsenic poison was common all over the world, partly because of the availability of arsenic-laced insecticides. This law is an early example of attempted regulation of drug sales. It was not until the early 20th century that the federal government would begin regulating sales of pharmaceuticals, and poisons.
A spectacular set of embroidered bed curtains and coverlet made by Margaret Whiting and Ellen Miller, the founders of the Deerfield Society of Blue and White Needlework is now on display in the Frary House.