A writer for Harper’s Magazine came to visit Deerfield and wrote, “Old Deerfield …is one of the most beautiful rural towns in New England…Its spacious street stretches along the terrace and a bowery aisle of magnificent elms, under which the houses stand, separate, with gardens and grassy banks, in neighborly seclusion…Back of the town rises the Deerfield mountain, and on all the other sides are the unfenced fertile meadows far beyond which lie gracefully rounded hills of various outline, waving along the horizon, and rich with the verdure of oaks and maples, beeches and chestnuts. The scenery has a friendly and gentle character, not too bold, or harsh, or inaccessible, but amenable everywhere to human culture and habitation. It has a fullness and tenderness and finish that must often have recalled to the early settlers much of the landscape of Mother England who had driven them away.”
The bit about the elms and Mother England gives it away, but this was written in 1875, and could be describing this village pretty much as a visitor can experience it in 2014.
This was written just seven years before the inn’s carriage house and stables were built, and nine years before the inn, restaurant, and guest rooms followed with a quiet opening in July.
We can’t offer “a double room with running water – $3.00” as promised in a brochure from the 20’s, but we can offer a good number of rooms starting at $130 – midweek or weekend – during the month of July to celebrate our 130th birthday.
Make sure to mention JULY when you call to get this special price.
Afternoon tea and cookies, a country inn breakfast, and three-month membership to the museum houses and exhibition center of Historic Deerfield will all be included in your stay.