Deerfield, Massachusetts, USA (South Deerfield) - 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 in the county, and once included Greenfield, Shelburne, Conway and Gill.
The town is beautifully situated on Connecticut and Deerfield River. Green River also unites with the Deerfield in this town.
Deerfield Mountain rises about seven hundred feet above the river, and Sugar-Loaf Mountain, so called from its conical shape, is almost as lofty.
During Philip's War it was burned, and a fine body of about one hundred men, under Captain Lothrop, who went thither from Hadley to recover some grain that had escaped the fire, were surprised, and nearly all slain, at a place called Bloody Brook, in this town, where a monument is erected to their memory.
Deerfield was again surprised in 1704 by the French and Indians, who killed many, made prisoners of one hundred and twelve, and burned every house but one, which is still standing.
The minister, Rev. John Williams, was afterwards ransomed, and published an account of his captivity and that of his companions.
Deerfield is an agricultural town, but its manufactures of cutlery, palm-leaf hats, corn-brooms and pocket-books are quite extensive.
Distance from Greenfield, 3 miles ; from Boston 95.
An Elementary Geography for Massachusetts Children by William Bentley Fowle and Asa Fitz, 1845
Visit Deerfield, Massachusetts, USA (South Deerfield)
Discover the people who lived there, the places they visited and the stories they shared.
The comments you read here belong only to the person who posted them. We reserve the right to remove off-topic and inappropriate comments.