Philip Zea, became President of Historic Deerfield, Inc. in Deerfield, Massachusetts, in 2003. He worked as Vice President for Museums and Collections at the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (now Historic New England) in Boston between 2001 and 2003 and prior to that as Curator of Furniture at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Williamsburg, Virginia. He was employed previously by Historic Deerfield for eighteen years, concluding as Deputy Director and Chief Curator.
Phil has also been a staff member of the New Hampshire Historical Society, where he is now on the board of trustees, and a consultant to many museums on the topics of early furniture, clocks, engraved powder horns and historical interpretation.
Phil is the 2009 recipient of the Award of Merit from the Antiques Dealers’ Association of America (A.D.A.). He has lectured and written widely, including Clock Making in New England, 1725-1825: An Interpretation of the Old Sturbridge Village Collection (1992), with Robert C. Cheney; The Dunlap Cabinetmakers: A Tradition in Craftsmanship (1994), with Donald Dunlap; and most recently with Jean Burks for the Shelburne Museum, Rich and Tasty: Vermont Furniture to 1850 (2015).
A New Hampshire native, Zea holds degrees from Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, and the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture at the University of Delaware.