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Deerfield Academy buys Williams Farm lot

DEERFIELD — For $1.5 million, Deerfield Academy has bought a two-acre lot from the Williams Farm.

According to the Registry of Deeds, the Trustees of Deerfield Academy bought the 2.2 acres at 36 Old Main St. from Kenneth and Pamela Williams. Kenneth Williams declined to comment on the sale Thursday.

David Thiel, a spokesperson for the school, said the private boarding school does not have any particular plans for the property. It eyed the small piece of farm land because it was adjacent to existing Deerfield Academy property.

“Opportunities to buy don’t come up often,” Thiel said.

The school may use it as an alternative location for athletic practices if fields at the school flood, which is common in the spring.

The property exchange is another change for the family farm. Last summer, the sweet corn producer stopped farming the crop and rented its 250 acres to Savage Farms, a 103-year-old potato and sod farm based in West Deerfield.

It followed the August 2011 damage from Tropical Storm Irene, in which 90 of the 250 acres became submerged in flood waters that left sand and silt and sent 5 inches of water into the sugarhouse.

Williams Farm continues to run its maple syrup production out of Williams Farm Sugarhouse, a breakfast restaurant on Route 5 and 10 in Deerfield open in the springtime.

You can reach Kathleen McKiernan at: kmckiernan@recorder.com or 413-772-0261 ext. 268. or @RecorderKatMcK

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