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In this re-creation from the early 20th century, members of a Puritan family say good-bye to their father as the ox carts filled with wheat pull away. This scene shows the often-told Deerfield story of Bloody Brook. During King Philip's war in 1676 a party of Native Americans attacked a group of English soldiers and farmers driving ox carts of wheat from Deerfield to Hadley. The event was known as "the darkest pages in the history of our town" and it reminded the pageant audience of the terrible price the first English settlers paid to start the frontier town.


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"Leaving for Bloody Brook"

photographer   Frances and Mary Allen
date   1910-1916
location   Deerfield, Massachusetts
process/materials   platinum print
item type   Photograph/Photograph
accession #   #1996.14.0588.01-.09

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Line of Ox Carts

"Pageant of Old Deerfield on the Grounds of the Allen Homestead"

Puritans Led Off in Captivity

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