Bicentennial BookAs a part of the great bicentennial celebration of 1966, the town put together a spiral-bound souvenir book with 78 pages of articles written by people in the town. Topics covered much of Deerfield's present and rich past, and included photographs which capture moments of history. Copies of this book may be found in the collection of the Historical Society and the Philbrick-James Library.
Here are the introductory essay by Mildred Nowlan, a Tribute by Nancy Stevens, and a poem by Beatrice Robie. Scroll down to find links to other articles from the book.
[Reprinted on the web by permission of the Deerfield Select Board, Fall 2005]
A Word of Welcome
The people of the town of Deerfield would extend a word of welcome to all who have attended the Bi-Centennial celebration of the founding of the town. It may be that you are presently a resident of Deerfield, or perhaps you have lived here at one time. Perhaps you have never lived here, but your parents, or other ancestors were born and lived here. No matter in which group you find yourself, you will have some idea of what Deerfield has to offer in the way of gracious and wholesome living.
Deerfield has much of natural beauty, with opportunities for recreation, fellowship, and service, to any who will participate. Its natural beauty is evident in its hills and valleys, its brooks, ponds, and lakes. It is beautiful at any time of the year.
In the spring, the fresh green of the new year clothes the fields and hills. Summer brings a fuller, more mature green, with flourishing gardens and beautiful flowers; while the flaming reds, yellows and oranges of Autumn show a blaze of color at every turn of the road. Even in Winter there is beauty in the dark boughs and twigs that show against the pure white snow.
There are many ways to enjoy hours of recreation; walks in the woodlands; climbing some of the hills; horse-back riding for some, and swimming at the good beach at Veasey Park. In Winter, one can go skiing, sliding or skating.
Deerfield is a friendly town and there are many opportunities to enjoy fellowship with friends and neighbors. On occasions of joy, such as weddings, parties and other social events, there are always friends and neighbors to share the good times. If perchance misfortune or sorrow comes, these same friends will be ready with loving help and sympathy to make the burden lighter.
There are a number of Organizations, made up of folks of similar aims, tastes and interests, which offer hospitality and friendship, and so make one feel at home. There are groups which gather to pursue hobbies for those who like to paint, sew, or take part in some kind of activity that is of interest to them.
There is also the church which offers a spiritual home with opportunity for worship, a fine Sunday School, and an active group of Young People. There is the challenge of service in all these different avenues of fellowship.
The English poet John Donne, wrote "No man is an island." Deerfield is not an island, as we know that the kind of life that is lived here has its influences on our State and our nation.
We welcome you to join with us in our celebration of 200 years of good living in Deerfield, with a desire to have it continue on for many years.
Browse other articles from the Bicentennial Book:
The Early Years of the Congregational Church