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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  • I showed up at Arrowhead in late afternoon on a beautiful autumn day, and I was the only person on my particular "tour." Which, during these viral times, was a boon. The history of the house (and... 
    I showed up at Arrowhead in late afternoon on a beautiful autumn day, and I was the only person on my particular "tour." Which, during these viral times, was a boon. The history of the house (and...  more »
  • Herman Melville’s Arrowhead estate is a modest property in a beautiful setting. Our guide Louise did an excellent job of bringing Melville’s personal saga and literary heritage to life. I emerged... 
    Herman Melville’s Arrowhead estate is a modest property in a beautiful setting. Our guide Louise did an excellent job of bringing Melville’s personal saga and literary heritage to life. I emerged...  more »

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