The Deerfield Inn reopens

Editorial Staff Magazine

When it comes to historic preservation too much reverence is not always a good thing. Philip Zea, president of Historic Deerfield, observes that one of the most devastating effects of 2011’s Hurricane Irene was the closing of the Deerfield Inn in the village. “The inn animates the street,” he says. “It’s right in the middle of things and even its …

Curator profile: Philip Zea

Editorial Staff

“Although I have lived elsewhere,” Philip Zea says, “it looks like I’m contained by the Connecticut Valley.” More specifically, by the remarkable microcosm of Deerfield, Massachusetts, where he has served the unique living museum Historic Deerfield in one capacity or another, most recently as president, for more than twenty-three years. Sense of place, Zea says, is central to his interest …

A taste of history from Historic Deerfield

Editorial Staff

For over twenty years Historic Deerfield has hosted an open hearth cooking program that gives visitors a taste of the food and diet of Americans living in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Held in the kitchen of its 1786 Tavern Hall, the open hearth cooking program at Historic Deerfield offers adults and children a range of experiences including weekly cooking …