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History of Deerfield, Massachusetts, USA

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Deerfield, Massachusetts, USA

Deerfield, Franklin, MA

At the time of the English colonists' arrival, the Deerfield area was inhabited by the Algonquian-speaking Pocumtuck nation, who settled a major village by the same name. English colonists arrived in 1673, and Deerfield was incorporated in 1677.

In the pre-dawn hours of February 29, 1704, during Queen Anne's War, joint French and Indian forces (including 47 Canadians and 200 Abenaki, along with some Kanienkehaka (Mohawk), Wyandot, and a few Pocumtuck, all under the command of Jean-Baptiste Hertel de Rouville) attacked the town in what became known as the Raid on Deerfield. The settlement was razed and 56 colonists were killed, including 22 men, 9 women, and 25 children. The attackers took 112 captives, including women and children, and forced them on a months-long trek to Quebec. Many died along the way; some were killed because they could not keep up. kids.kiddle.co

Included in Deerfield are: Riverdale, South River, Stillwater, Wapping, Bardwell's Ferry, The Bars, Cheapside, Hillside, Hoosac, Mill River, Mill Village, and Pine Neck.
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  • 1673 - Deerfield is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • 1677 - Deerfield is incorporated

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • 1704 - February 29 - French forces from Quebec and Native American forces under the command of Jean-Baptiste Hertel de Rouville attacked the village of Deerfield, Massachusetts.
    February 29, 1704 - Queen Anne's War - Deerfield Massacre - Major Jean-Baptiste de Rouville and his four brothers attack and burn an English settlemen...Read MORE...


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    Frary House, Deerfield, Mass.

    "Built circa 1750, the Frary House depicts the Colonial Revival home of Miss C. Alice Baker, as restored in the 1890s with New England antiques, Arts and Crafts needlework, ironware and basketry. Baker was a... Read MORE...

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  • 1845 - DEERFIELD. [Pop. 1,912. Inc. 1682.]
    Deerfield was called Pocumtuck by the Indians, and was granted by the General Court to certain inhabitants of Dedham.

    It is the oldest town...Read MORE...


  • 1848 - Deerfield
    DEERFIELD is the oldest town in Franklin county. In 1669, a tract of 8,000 acres of land was granted by the general court at Pocumtuck to a company at...Read MORE...


  • 1854 - Deerfield
    Deerfield, a post-township of Franklin county, Massachusetts, about 100 miles W. N. W. from Boston, at the junction of Deer field and Connecticut rive...Read MORE...


  • 1859
    DEERFIELD, a township in Franklin co., in Massachusetts, 95 m. W by N of Boston, intersected by a river of the same name, an affluent of the Connectic...Read MORE...


  • News 1869 - An echo as good as any on record is to be heard on any clear day on Zeri Smith's farm, in the Great river district of Deerfield, Mass.
    Standing about sixty yards west of his barn, it will return to the speaker a sentence of ten or a dozen words with entire distinctness, and with a cur...Read MORE...


  • Deerfield Massachusetts, 1890
    Deerfield is the oldest and one of the most fertile and beautiful towns of Franklin County. It lies on the west bank of the Connecticut River, and has...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Deerfield
    Deerfield, a post-village of Franklin co., Mass., in Deerfield township, on or near the Deerfield River, and on the Connecticut River Railroad, 33 mil...Read MORE...


  • Deerfield, Massachusetts, USA
    Deerfield, Mass., Memorial Hall.
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  • News 1907 - SIGNAL WRONG; 5 KILLED. Defect in the Boston & Maine System Causes a Wreck.
    DEERFIELD, Mass., Jan. 29. - Five men were killed and one seriously injured, as the result of a freight train running into the rear of a passenger tra...Read MORE...


  • 1916
    Deerfield, a post-village of Franklin co., Mass., in Deer-field township (town), on the Boston and Maine and the New York, New Haven and Hartford Rs.,...Read MORE...


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    Deerfield Street looking North. Deerfield, Mass.
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Frary House, Deerfield, Mass.

"Built circa 1750, the Frary House depicts the Colonial Revival home of Miss C. Alice Baker, as restored in the 1890s with New England antiques, Arts and Crafts needlework, ironware and basketry. Baker was a... Read MORE...

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Deerfield, Mass., Memorial Hall.
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Deerfield, Massachusetts, USA
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Deerfield Street looking North. Deerfield, Mass.
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  • 1673 - Deerfield is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 1677 - Deerfield is incorporated

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 1704 - February 29 - French forces from Quebec and Native American forces under the command of Jean-Baptiste Hertel de Rouville attacked the village of Deerfield, Massachusetts.
    February 29, 1704 - Queen Anne's War - Deerfield Massacre - Major Jean-Baptiste de Rouville and his four brothers attack and burn an English... Read MORE...

  • 1845 - DEERFIELD. [Pop. 1,912. Inc. 1682.]
    Deerfield was called Pocumtuck by the Indians, and was granted by the General Court to certain inhabitants of Dedham.

    It is the oldest... Read MORE...

  • 1848 - Deerfield
    DEERFIELD is the oldest town in Franklin county. In 1669, a tract of 8,000 acres of land was granted by the general court at Pocumtuck to a company... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - Deerfield
    Deerfield, a post-township of Franklin county, Massachusetts, about 100 miles W. N. W. from Boston, at the junction of Deer field and Connecticut... Read MORE...

  • 1859
    DEERFIELD, a township in Franklin co., in Massachusetts, 95 m. W by N of Boston, intersected by a river of the same name, an affluent of the... Read MORE...

  • News  1869 - An echo as good as any on record is to be heard on any clear day on Zeri Smith's farm, in the Great river district of Deerfield, Mass.
    Standing about sixty yards west of his barn, it will return to the speaker a sentence of ten or a dozen words with entire distinctness, and with a... Read MORE...

  • Deerfield Massachusetts, 1890
    Deerfield is the oldest and one of the most fertile and beautiful towns of Franklin County. It lies on the west bank of the Connecticut River, and... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Deerfield
    Deerfield, a post-village of Franklin co., Mass., in Deerfield township, on or near the Deerfield River, and on the Connecticut River Railroad, 33... Read MORE...

  • News  1907 - SIGNAL WRONG; 5 KILLED. Defect in the Boston & Maine System Causes a Wreck.
    DEERFIELD, Mass., Jan. 29. - Five men were killed and one seriously injured, as the result of a freight train running into the rear of a passenger... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Deerfield, a post-village of Franklin co., Mass., in Deer-field township (town), on the Boston and Maine and the New York, New Haven and Hartford... Read MORE...

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