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Decorated for Christmas and with both a cross and tablets displaying the Ten Commandments, the brick meetinghouse interior presents a very different appearance than the four buildings that came before it. Built in 1824 in Deerfield, this was the fifth meetinghouse and the first to be used "solely for worship," and not also for town meetings. Most New Englanders did not celebrate Christmas until the middle years of the nineteenth century so decorations like these never appeared in earlier meetinghouses. Note the box pews.


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Interior of the First Church of Deerfield

photographer   Frances and Mary Allen
date   c. 1910
location   Deerfield, Massachusetts
width   8.0"
height   5.0"
process/materials   platinum print
item type   Photograph/Photograph
accession #   #1996.14.0658

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Brick Church

First Church of Deerfield Interior

"Pews in Deerfield meeting house first Parish- sold December 1824"

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