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 enjoyed a fun and informative Saturday morning tour of Arrowhead. I had last been at the historic home about 15 years ago. Our guide, a college student working there for the summer, was informative...  more »
  • Herman Melville's home is a very beautiful place, but according to the history written on the framed pieces of history on the walls his relatives were far less charming. His father ran up an enormous ...  more »

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