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"Catalogue of Books in the Deerfield Agricultural Library"
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Two agricultural societies were formed in Deerfield, one in 1814 and another in 1845. This list of books is from the library of the second society. Deerfield was founded in the 17th century by farmers on land where the Native people, the Pocumtucks, had farmed for 2000 years. It is logical, then, that even when settlers had moved west into New York State and beyond, and with the Erie Canal (1825) to send grain and other products back to eastern markets, that the agricultural past would prevail. The library, with over 100 volumes devoted to farming and the land, may have helped to introduce new methods and ideas to the farmers of Deerfield.
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