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“That celebrated school”: The story of how Arthur Hoyt almost went to West Point

Arthur Hoyt's lost opportunity to attend West Point is a case study in "father knows best."
Recent Posts By Heather Harrington Associate Librarian Arthur Wellesley Hoyt was born in 1811, the first and only son of Epaphras and Experience Hoyt of Deerfield, Massachusetts.… http://historic-deerfield.org/blog/celebrated-school-story-how-arthur-hoyt-almost-went-west-point/

The 2016 Wreaths of Deerfield

A guide to this year's wreaths on the doors of Deerfield.
Recent Posts   Each year, a group of volunteers gets together during the first week of December to craft more than 40 wreaths to decorate the doors of houses on Old Main St… http://historic-deerfield.org/blog/2016-wreaths-deerfield/

It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's...a table-desk?

Curatorial department intern Katherine Fecteau investigates the ownership of the recently acquired Nehemiah Bull "table-desk."
Recent Posts By Katherine Fecteau Curatorial Department Intern To someone laying eyes on Historic Deerfield’s newly acquired table-desk for the first time, this artifact appears … http://historic-deerfield.org/blog/its-bird-its-plane-its-table-desk/

“Why Does Sap Flow?” Epaphras Hoyt Knows!

Deerfield resident Epaphras Hoyt endeavors to find out how sap flows from the maple trees in the village during the late 1830s and examines some interesting theories.
Recent Posts By Heather Harrington Associate Librarian   Epaphras Hoyt (1765-1850) was a curious man. He was a surveyor by trade, a military historian by choice, and a student… http://historic-deerfield.org/blog/why-does-sap-flow-epaphras-hoyt-knows/

Hoyt Family Documents Return to Deerfield

A trove of 19th-century documents, consisting of journals, account books, maps, drawings, and notebooks, has recently been purchased at auction and will be available to researchers at the Memorial Libraries, Deerfield, Massachusetts.
Recent Posts By David Bosse Librarian and Curator of Maps A trove of 19th-century documents, consisting of journals, account books, maps, drawings, and notebooks, has recently … http://historic-deerfield.org/blog/hoyt-family-documents-return-deerfield/

New Light on Mysterious Wells-Thorn Curtain

The powerful effect of light on objects solves the mystery of one rapidly fading curtain in the Wells-Thorn House.
Recent Posts By Amanda Lange Curatorial Department Director and Curator of Historic Interiors One of the favorite stops on the Wells-Thorn House tour is the 1815 Bed Chamber.  T… http://historic-deerfield.org/blog/new-light-mysterious-wells-thorn-curtain/

2015 Heritage Baking Contest Recipes and Stories

2015 Heritage Baking Contest Recipes and Stories
Recent Posts This year's Historic Deerfield/King Arthur Flour Heritage Recipe Baking Contest focused on the theme of holiday cookies. Bakers from across the U.S. submitted their f… http://historic-deerfield.org/blog/2015-heritage-baking-contest-recipes-and-stories/

The 2015 Wreaths of Deerfield

Each year, volunteers craft wreaths for the doors of Old Deerfield. This year, a group of nearly 50 volunteers made wreaths for our historic houses.
Recent Posts Each year, a group of volunteers gets together during the first week of December to craft more than 40 wreaths to decorate the doors of houses on Old Main Street i… http://historic-deerfield.org/blog/wreaths-deerfield/

Submit’s Silver: the Curious Case of the Missing Coins

On paper, Submit Wright was a typical 18th-century Deerfield woman - so why did she forego a small inheritance had she just waited a little bit longer to get married?
Recent Posts by Heather Harrington, Associate Librarian Submit Wright was born in November of 1746, just a month after her father David Wright died. She became his sole heir, in… http://historic-deerfield.org/blog/submits-silver-curious-case-missing-coins/

The Root of the Matter

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.
Recent Posts By David Bosse, Librarian & Curator of Maps It has been said that the wild ginseng root (Panax ginseng) possesses healing and revitalizing properties.  The name of i… http://historic-deerfield.org/blog/root-matter/

Scaleboard Bindings in the Henry N. Flynt Library

In the 17th and 18th centuries, though, a tradition remained of constructing books using very thin pieces of wood - often only a couple of millimeters thick - called scaleboards or scabbards.
By John Nove Wood has been used to craft the covers of books for nearly 1500 years. Its use peaked in the Medieval Period when massive tomes with massive ʻboardsʼ and sturdy har… http://historic-deerfield.org/blog/scaleboard-bindings-henry-n-flynt-library/

The End of the Line

The work of Deerfield residents in the 1800s leads to creating the base line for mapping the state of Massachusetts.
Recent Posts By David Bosse, Librarian & Curator of Maps In the early winter of 1830, the Massachusetts legislature passed an unfunded mandate that directed every town in the C… http://historic-deerfield.org/blog/end-line/