Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Hall Museum
Surrounded by gentle meadows and wooded hills, the 300 year old village of Deerfield speaks with quiet eloquence of New England's rural past. The village museum, Memorial Hall, is one of New England's oldest museums. When Deerfield Academy's original 1798 school building became available, antiquarian George Sheldon organized the collection of artifacts he was assembling and in 1880, Memorial Hall opened. The museum's extraordinary collection of furnishings, paintings, textiles and Indian artifacts is "the finest collection of local antiquities in New England and one of America's oldest museums."