Built in 1754 with just two front rooms and a lean-to kitchen, and expanded in 1802, this home has more intact original detail than any other building open to the public in Deerfield.
Henry and Helen Flynt of Connecticut are largely to thank for the preservation of nearly a dozen houses in Deerfield. While their son was studying at a nearby school, they bought and faithfully restored the homes, and then stocked them with their extensive, ever expanding collections of Early American furniture, silver and textiles. Here, the Flynts' delftware is displayed in the Ashley House kitchen.
A four-poster steals the show in the otherwise austere south bedchamber of the Ashley House, the home of Deerfield's minister from 1732 until 1780. A bed-hanging, such as this reproduction made of blue resist-dyed union cloth, not only dressed up the room, but also helped sleepers stay warm on cold nights.
This Joseph Dufour wallpaper -- created with a combination of paint, stencil, and block printing -- was made in 1804 for the Stebbins House. At the time, it was the largest panoramic wallpaper. The 20 panels depict scenes from the Pacific Islands of Tonga and French Polynesia, all based on the recently released logs of explorer Captain James Cook.
The Flynts were passionate collectors of everything from imported ceramics to full houses. As a result, Deerfield offers a treasure trove of decorative arts.
Henry Flynt was especially interested in American metalware, and an entire house is dedicated to a collection of 4,000 pieces of silver and other items.
Where to Stay: The Deerfield Inn offers a traditional country welcome and makes an ideal base for exploring. The 1884 building also houses the town's only restaurant, Champney's. 81 Main Street, 800-926-3865 or deerfieldinn.com
When to Go: Historic Deerfield's houses are open from April to November, but there is no better time to visit than foliage season in early fall.
What to Do: Organized along a mile-long main street, Historic Deerfield is best explored on foot. To see the surrounding area's landscape, take the Channing Blake Meadow Walk from town, past farmland, to the Deerfield River.
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