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Herman Melville's Arrowhead

780 Holmes Rd., Pittsfield, MA 01201
413 442 1793
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Ranked #7 of 17 attractions in Pittsfield
Type: Historic Sites
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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

In literary history there's nothing like "Moby Dick." It was written here in a second-story room with a view of a whale-shaped mountain - Mt. Greylock - a vision that can still be seen on a tour of this fascinating house. Try to see it in the morning when the mist still shrouds the view and the angled hill looks... More

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Raymond, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

We visited Arrowhead not really knowing much about Herman Melville besides Moby Dick but after taking the house tour we came away with a lot of knowledge about a classic American writer and his life. Our tour guide (John) was very knowledgeable about the Melville family and made the tour very interesting. The tours run every hour on the hour... More

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Northbridge, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

While large for it's time, the house is small as a destination and you can only see the inside on a tour, so call ahead for the times. We were lucky and joined a tour that had just started. We're not big tour people and usually prefer to go at our own pace through museums and historic sites, but our... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

Way out on a country road in Pittsfield lies Arrowhead, the home of Herman Melville. They say he wrote "Moby Dick here, however, two other Massachusetts locations, New Bedford & Fairhaven, also claim the same fame. The area is still rather rural in nature, is peaceful and very quiet. The ochre painted home is fairly good size greek revival style... More

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Boston, MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

The old house is certainly worth a look, especially Melville's study with its great view of Mount Greylock, but Arrowhead's great tour guides really fill in Melville's life and the house's history. There is a very good documentary on whaling to watch while you wait for your tour to begin.

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New York City, New York
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

This is a small but beautifully curated exhibit (thanks to photographer/curator Alfred DeMaio). Try to go when Mr. DeMaio is giving a talk. The quality of the prints is outstanding. Glass slides are so sharp. It is interesting to see Pittsfield as it was, and Edwin Hale Lincoln was a photographer of distinction. If you are interested an historical perspective... More

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St Augustine FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

We had the good luck to visit on a day when the head of the museum gave the tour. She was both entertaining and knowledgable. She talked about his life, the time period, the Berkshires, the different books. We were fascinated.

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South Windsor, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

Our tour guide, Cecilia, made the life of Herman Melville interesting and we learned much we did not know about the author whose major claim to fame, "Moby Dick" became popular long after his death. If it wasn't for a granddaughter who made this possible, this homestead would probably just be another house on Holmes in Pittsfield. There is nothing... More

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7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

You tour Arrowhead with a guide. Our guide was extremely well-informed and our tour was wonderful. It is amazing to imagine Herman Melville writing here in the shadow of the Berkshires. There is a small but interesting shop on premises.

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Chicago, Illinois
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

We arrived before the first tour, which is at 10 am (and again every hour after), with time enough to go on the nature trail. FYI: tour rates are $13 for adults and children & students (with I.D.) are $8.00. The nature trail is well marked from the parking area and heads through a field and into the woods. It's... More

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