Historic Deerfield to reopen in September

  • The Stebbins House, built in 1799, in Historic Deerfield. The museum will reopen Labor Day weekend with safety protocols in place. FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 8/11/2020 5:01:12 PM

DEERFIELD — Historic Deerfield, closed to visitors since the pandemic struck in early spring, will reopen Labor Day weekend, with a special members-only day Friday, Sept. 4 and a public opening day on Saturday, Sept. 5.

As with other area museums that have reopened, Historic Deerfield has instituted several safety protocols. Social distancing is expected, and visitors will be required to wear a mask or face covering at all times, whether inside one of the preserved buildings or outside. 

The museum will be open Friday to Sunday through Nov. 29, as well as on Labor Day (Sept. 7) and Columbus Day (Oct. 12). Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Museum officials are also strongly encouraging visitors to purchase their tickets in advance at historic-deerfield.org so that a safe number of people on site can be maintained. These “timed tickets” will be available for online purchase beginning Aug. 15. Admission will be free this fall for children aged 17 and under.

Tickets will only be available at the Flynt Center of Early New England Life, where online tickets can be redeemed and a limited number of additional tickets will be available for purchase.

Amid all those precautionary steps, museum officials say they’re excited to welcome people back to the homes and other buildings from the 18th and early 19th centuries. In addition to longstanding exhibits that explore New England village life from that era, there will be a number of special exhibits and programs this fall featuring children’s toys, woodworking styles, and other crafts.

For instance, on the weekend of Oct. 23-25, heritage sheep can be seen up close, and related programs and demonstrations about sorting, carding, dyeing, and weaving wool will explore the agricultural world of early New England.

Other regular museum highlights include the Cooks’ Garden of heirloom plants and the Native American Three Sisters Garden, on the grounds of the History Workshop, which features corn, beans, and squash. The Channing Blake Footpath takes visitors past a working farm and through meadows to the Deerfield River.

Steve Pfarrer can be reached at spfarrer@gazettenet.com


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