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Current use/information: Historic District.
Statement of Significance (as of designation - October 9, 1960):
An early outpost of New England's northwestern frontier, Deerfield was laid out in 1666 and settled a few years later. It was attacked and destroyed several times during French and Indian raids. It is now restored to its colonial appearance.
New construction in the area is endangering the viewshed. In addition, the Old Town Hall, a key component of the District, requires major repair work to the window and door sills and stone foundation.
According to Historic Deerfield, Inc., strip development is currently a threat. The potential for environmental and cultural loss is enormous if development continues unabated.
Recommendation/Change since last report:
Restoration of the Town Halls outer envelope is necessary. Fundraising is underway to match a Save Americas Treasures grant for restoration. Development of a protection plan, along with an education initiative, is needed.