Herman Melville's Arrowhead, Pittsfield

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Arrowhead is the headquarters of the Berkshire County Historical Society. The house and farm was the home of Herman Melville from 1850 to 1863. While living in Berkshire County, Melville nurtured several close friendships with literary colleagues and fellow authors. It is also where he wrote the seminal novel Moby-Dick and other works of short fiction. The time spent at Arrowhead is known as the most productive period of his life.

A visit today brings guests back to the 19th century to see and experience life as the Melville family knew it. Carefully restored (an ongoing process), Arrowhead is not only a National Historic Landmark dedicated to the author, but also to the history of Berkshire County.
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  • We were fortunate to visit Arrowhead recently. Only two others besides my husband and I were on the tour. I confess I have never read Moby Dick and knew relatively little about Melville. This tour...  more »
  • We went to hike the property as the day we visited there were no tours of the house. Stunning views of the mountains, the inspiration of Moby Dick.  more »

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