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Community preservations funds sought for Deerfield village history

— The town Historical Commission has requested $47,750 in Community Preservation Act dollars for projects that would help restore and document the history of South Deerfield.

For $16,500, the commission would replace the disintegrating fence and posts of the Sugarloaf Street Cemetery with new and maintenance-free materials that would mirror the original historic fence design. It would also install a new sign. This would be the first of such signs for all the town cemeteries to identify and share information of historic or educational value.

For $31,250, the Historical Commission would continue research that began last year to document historic structures in the South Deerfield village.

The Community Preservation Committee recommended both projects.

The inventory project started last year when the seven-member Historical Commission began collecting old photos, newspapers and stories to create historical narratives for downtown properties. The commission received $20,000 in CPA money last year, $15,000 of which went toward a professional researcher. Last year, the commission researched the train station, the Hotel Warren and the former Elm Farm Bakery.

It discovered the bakery was originally built as a post for Civil War veterans from Whately, Sunderland, Conway and Deerfield.

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