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Contracts for buildings most often do not survive. This contract of January 7, 1813, describes fully the brick schoolhouse that Dennis Stebbins and his brother Joseph, Jr. planned to build on the Town common. It is very detailed as to size, material, and furnishings. It mentions fireplaces, plaster walls, and the position of the staircase. The school was used for educational purposes and also for lyceums, lectures, and, after 1824, for town meetings. It served the town until 1841 when it burned. This 1839 woodcut by John Warner Barber of the Deerfield, Massachusetts Common, shows the brick school building at the left, south of the 1824 Meetinghouse.


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Building Contract for Deerfield Street School

creator   Joseph Stebbins, Jr. (1749-1816)
creator   Dennis Stebbins (1778-1842)
date   Jan 7, 1813
location   Deerfield, Massachusetts
width   8.0"
height   13.5"
process/materials   manuscript, paper, ink
item type   Legal Documents/Contract
accession #   #L00.050

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