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Herman Melville's Arrowhead

780 Holmes Rd., Pittsfield, MA 01201
413 442 1793
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Ranked #4 of 19 attractions in Pittsfield
Type: Historic Sites
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St. Paul, Minnesota
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

You may even decide to (re)read Moby Dick after touring his home and gazing at the mountains that he thought looked like a whale. I had no idea Melville had such an interesting life until this tour - quite the world traveler.

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Princeton, NJ
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103 reviews 103 reviews
13 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Wandering around an old house alone can be pretty boring but Barbara, our guide made it all come alive --- Melville, Arrowhead and the era in which he lived and worked here, including his large family and writing colleagues such Nathaniel Hawthorne. Hawthorne took a liking to Melville and his writing and hooked him up with a publisher. You can't... More

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pleasant valley
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Our tour was led by a wonderful docent, Diane H. She is a gifted storyteller and communicated the details of Melvilles life in way that kept me engrossed for the entire hour of the tour! I have been here before but this tour gave me much more insight into the man and the home he created for himself that inspired... More

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saratoga springs NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

From the outside, my friend & I weren't expecting much. Were able to join tour that had just started. Realized later, would have missed much if self-toured. Our docent Diane was awesome. Great archival photos added to her commentary. Rooms were charming & the view of Mt. Greylock (with it's silhouette of a whale) the perfect back-drop. Didn't walk the... More

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Dumont, New Jersey, United States
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Went on a dreary day and had a great time. The view fo Mt. Graylock added to the visit. Guided tour was inromative and gave a greater appreciation of Melville. Still can't get through Moby Dick though!

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Big Spring, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

What a beautiful place, nestled in the Berkshires. Will, the guide, did a great job educating us about the house, its furnishings, its setting, and most of all the vagaries of Herman Melville's life. So worth the time. I came away with a deeper appreciation for this author and his work.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

We visited Arrowhead on a rainy day. I didn't expect much. But, I was surprised. The docent was excellent and the house tour was very interesting. The view of Mt. Graylock -- fascinating to know the part it played in Melville's novel.

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Baltimore, MD
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105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

There was one other couple on our tour. Our docent, Mary, really knew her stuff. She made everything sound so interesting and was very open to questions. We learned so much about Melville's life and others related to him. Viewing the home and artifacts was also fascinating. Taking a tour when there aren't a lot of people is so nice... More

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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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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14 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
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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