National Geographic : 1969 Jun
answer. Each town remains true to its past. Williamsburg, Virginia's colonial capital, bustled with visitors and pomp; now magnificently restored and rebuilt, Williams burg looks as it did when new-complete with crowds.* Early in its history Deerfield became an animated mar ket center for the surrounding country of fat farms rais ing cattle and other agricultural produce. After the Civil War, the salubrious village began to attract outsiders who regarded it as a pleasant summer resort. But the local Yankees conserved their homes and possessions, so that today Deerfield endures as a true New England town almost unchanged, preserved rather than reconstructed. Of 52 old buildings in the town, most stand on their original 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century sites (pictorial map, pages 788-9). Many house indigenous Deerfield furniture; they reveal intimate details of daily life in other centuries-life in the early days of New England. Visitors to Deerfield catch the mood of a personal call. And if only 20,000 people a year-Williamsburg has had 14,000 on a peak day-come to view the hundred exhibit rooms, local residents seem relieved. Farming and educa tion outrank tourism as their major industries. *"Williamsburg, City for All Seasons," was described by Joseph Judge in NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, December 1968. 784 Nurturing mind and spirit, Deer field Academy lives up to its motto, "Be Worthy of Your Heritage." Founded in 1797, the institution flourished, then waned until Frank L. Boyden (page 787) took over as headmaster in 1902 and brought it to premier rank among college pre paratory schools. It offers a 4-year curriculum to boys aged 13 to 18. Succeeding Mr. Boyden on his recent retirement, Headmaster David M. Pynchon and his family talk with students in front of his home (above). The school's white columned academic building faces the village Common with its Civil War monument. Taking the measure of wonder, a boy walks along elm-vaulted Albany Road (upper right). Lost in thought, Eugene Proulx inks his way through a final exam.