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Wednesday, November 20 2013

A Season of Thanks

Adapted from a Historic Deerfield press release:

Historic Deerfield explores traditions of Thanksgivings past with "Season of Thanks", Saturday, November 29, and Sunday, November 30.  Visitors looking to take a break from their after-Thanksgiving holiday shopping can enjoy demonstrations from our hearth cooks preparing traditional Thanksgiving dishes, bark-basket-making with Narragansett descendant Jennifer Lee, and a lively re-enactment from the Society of the 17th Century.

Dates, times and descriptions for these special events are listed below:

Open Hearth Cooking: Thanksgiving Dishes
November 29-30, Hall Tavern Kitchen

Come and see how our hearth cooks prepare traditional Thanksgiving dishes using hearth cooking methods. Learn about the history of harvest celebrations and the evolution of the American Thanksgiving Holiday. Included with general admission.

Season of Thanks: Native Traditions
Friday, November 29, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Visitor Center at Hall Tavern

While the Thanksgiving holiday brings to mind stories of Native people in early New England, we know that Native people continue to survive and thrive far beyond this early period of contact. Narragansett descendant Jennifer Lee will talk about Native history and culture while demonstrating traditional bark-basket-making technology. Included with general admission.

Season of Thanks: Society of the 17th Century
Saturday, November 30, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Visitor Center at Hall Tavern

Meet the Society of the 17th Century, a group of re-enactors who will bring our historic Hall Tavern building to life with an incredible array of period arts, crafts and trades. See redware pottery, spinning, lace making, herbal lore, quill pen writing, wood carving, basket making, and arms and armor. Skilled re-enactors invite hands-on involvement when appropriate.  Included with general admission.


About Historic Deerfield, Inc.
Historic Deerfield, Inc., is dedicated to the heritage and preservation of Deerfield, Massachusetts, and the Connecticut River Valley. Its museums and programs provide today's audiences with experiences that create an understanding and appreciation of New England's historic villages and countryside.

Admission is $14 for adults (18+), $5 for children (6-17), free for children under 6, members and Deerfield residents. The museum is open daily from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (excluding Thanksgiving Day, November 28, and December 24 & 25).  For more information, please call (413) 775-7214 or visit