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People donate all sorts of unusual items to museums. This wooden sign, painted by Dorothea Hyde Allen in 1923, hung from a tree outside a tea room and shop operated by Matilda Hyde in Deerfield, Massachusetts. When the shop closed, the sign was saved and donated to Memorial Hall by a descendant, Frederick Hyde, in 1981. Without the sign to remind us, we may forget that Deerfield once had a shop where one could stop for afternoon tea.


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Sign-"Who would Turn Back 2 Hundred Yeare, Let him A light & Enter Here"

creator   Dorothea Hyde
date   c. 1923
location   Deerfield, Massachusetts
width   40.0"
height   42.0"
process/materials   iron, wood
item type   Public Announcements/Sign
accession #   #1981.03b

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