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more. Take 17-year-old Charlie Miller, who grew up on The Street. "We've been digging on Pine Hill just north of here," says Charlie, his blue eyes brightening. "The Indians used to have an old village there, maybe even some granaries. Last year a farmer found three Indian graves with bones." When he was 8, Charlie picked up a real treasure for his mother's birthday present: a dinosaur track in sandstone from next-door South Hadley. Mimi Miller appreciated the 180-million-year-old memento. The old dino saur track now graces the family mantelpiece. Mimi, who does research in Connecticut Valley architectural history, explained that the Miller mantelpiece itself dates from 1752, though strictly speaking it doesn't belong to the Millers. As part of the preservation program, Deerfield Academy has acquired many antique homes along The Street, and faculty families live in them. Mimi's husband Russ is Dean of Faculty at the Academy, and the Millers have lived in the Thomas Dickin son House for 10 years. "This house has a happy history," Mimi told me. She has searched the titles of every building on The Street; she has also consulted every available manuscript, map, deed, and picture to learn the story of each parcel of property and its owners. "I developed a real fondness for the Dick inson family," said Mimi. "They were Whigs Patina of simplicity marks the keeping room of the Wells-Thorn House. Here the family cooked light suppers in the fireplace and ate at the trestle table, left; father and mother slept in a corner bed. New Englanders traditionally hate to throw things away. Deerfield owes a debt to citizens who filled attics with furniture, papers, and mementos of their forebears. rvT-UI~pnMF ANn 1(l1A!NR~l1MF/RFI n w\ RVRnRFRTW Mnr)FN (r( N C .