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From our agricultural roots, Deerfield, NH has grown into a diverse community with a wide assortment of interests.   And we are big enough (52 square miles) to hold them all.  Our relatively small population (less than 5,000) means a lot of that land is undeveloped.  We have miles of hiking trails through forests and past wetlands, where you can spot signs of deer and moose, beaver dams and heron nests.  At one time all this land was cleared and farmed, but as times changed, so did use of the land.  You can still see among the trees the stone walls built by farmers long ago, and a walk in the woods can bring you to many an abandoned cellar hole with a tiny family plot nearby.  Deerfield has over one hundred cemeteries registered, most of them humble with fieldstone markers.  

Although the era of agriculture has passed, there are still many beautiful and active farms in town.  Not so many cows and sheep as there used to be, but plenty of horses.  Our famous Deerfield Fair, which is the largest and oldest family-oriented, agricultural fair in the northeast, reflects the rural character that is still alive and well in our town. Teams come from miles around to participate in the horse and oxen pulls, and folks bring their best produce, baked and canned goods to be judged.  Competition is fierce with neighboring communities for the largest pumpkin.  The fairground is used for lots of different activities year round, from powwows to gatherings of ham radio enthusiasts to poultry and horse shows.


 
 
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8 Raymond Road, PO Box 159, Deerfield, NH 03037
Phone: (603) 463-8811   Fax: (603) 463-2820