Strolling Historic Deerfield

I took a lovely day off from normal responsibilities last week.  The ONE thing I really wanted to do this autumn was stroll the streets of Historic Deerfield and snap pictures.  I haven’t been there for quite a few years and was longing to go again.  Historic Deerfield is an interesting place.  It is partly a museum with historic homes that belong to the museum and are open for touring.  It’s most infamous event was the Indian raid of 1704.  I’ve read the diary of the minister who was taken captive by the Indians, and it is fascinating reading.  Max is about to read it for school too.  It is called “The Redeemed Captive”, and I highly commend it to your reading.

It’s also partly a neighborhood where people live in privately-owned historic homes.  And it also contains an exclusive private school, so students and their visiting families can be seen strolling the campus and streets everywhere.  Here’s a view of part of the campus, but I took this shot mostly so you could see the beautiful autumn foliage in the distance.

This time, I opted not to buy a museum ticket and just stick with my original intention of strolling the leaf-strewn streets.

As usual, it was the front doors (so beautifully decorated for autumn) that captured my attention.

This home belonged to an officer who fought at the Battle of Bunker Hill, and there was a touching tribute etched on a mill stone nearby that said “…his descendants cherish his home”.

Such a beautiful, autumn day!

Now I’m thinking that I need to go back when there’s snow on the ground and it’s decorated for Christmas!


  1. I've just seen this blogg and want to thank you for all these wonderful pictures. I live in the UK but I visited Historic Deerfield a few years ago. It was such a memorable place and I would love to go back and see more one day, after seeing these pictures maybe it will have to be in The Autumn.

  2. Hi, Liz.

    Welcome! Isn't Historic Deerfield just so picturesque though! Love it! I hope to visit there sometime in the winter, when everything's snowy. I think that would be delightful in a completely different way.

  3. This is gorgeous! I was in Deerfield in October 2013. It was an AMAZING afternoon. We are driving up that way (yes, DRIVING) this summer and Im wanting to go spend more time at Deerfield. Such a gorgeous place!

  4. It IS a beautiful place! I had ONE day that fall that I could get away and go there, and it was that day...or nothing. Sadly, the sunlight was incredibly garish and the photos were not what I'd hoped they would be. But, all the more reason for another trip someday!


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