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.It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Herman Melville's Arrowhead and many more Pittsfield attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Pittsfield tour itinerary planner.
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.
Herman Melville's Arrowhead reviews
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 »
Plan your trip to Pittsfield
Get a personalized tripA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Pittsfield
Side trips from Pittsfield
Hidden gems in Pittsfield
Nearby attractions in Pittsfield
Nature in Pittsfield
Shopping in Pittsfield
Trips to Herman Melville's Arrowhead by other users
32 days in Rensselaer BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Furnace Brook Winery at Hilltop Orchards · Hancock Shaker Village · Mount Greylock State Reservation 5 days in Western Massachusetts BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Pittsfield · South Deerfield 14 days in Saratoga Springs BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Southern Vermont Arts Center · Equinox Preservation Trust · Equinox Mountain 60 days in New England BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Chatham · Newport · New Haven 24 days in Amherst BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Metacomet-Monadnock Trail · Yiddish Book Center · Hampshire College 18 days in United States BY A USER FROM SWEDEN Lenox · Springfield · Provincetown