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Herman Melville's Arrowhead

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Address: 780 Holmes Rd., Pittsfield, MA 01201
Phone Number: 413 442 1793
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Much Elegance and History

Beautifully bucolic writers retreat where Moby Dick was penned. The house itself is lovingly maintained and the guides are well versed and helpful.

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 1, 2015
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English first
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Beautifully bucolic writers retreat where Moby Dick was penned. The house itself is lovingly maintained and the guides are well versed and helpful.

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Akron
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Melville is reputed to have written "Moby Dick" in his study here at Arrowhead. Excellent tour guide, you Will and staff all helpful and friendly..

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South Miami, Florida
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42 reviews 42 reviews
14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

The grounds are so beautiful, you can take a trail walk it's located behind behind the parking lot just follow the trial, it's about 1 1/2 mile long. The barn is actually the admissions office you can purchase his books and adorable handmade lunch pales. The actual house is very quaint it's amazing that such a terrific writer wrote so... More 

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45 reviews 45 reviews
10 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014 via mobile

take the tour! Our tour guide, Will, was well informed and interested in the Melville history. Gave me a Whole new perspective on Melville. I'm afraid my attitude had been soured by an over zealous, Melville smitten English professor.

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Freelton, Ontario
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78 reviews 78 reviews
46 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Read Moby Dick years ago and now learnt about the author. An interesting find and a learning experience for us all. To learn he became a respected writer after his death makes it an amazing tale. I will read the short stories now to learn more of the man. A great two hours and well worth the house tour.

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Parker, CO
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39 reviews 39 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

I was visiting Holyoke for a wedding and found this place thru Trip Advisor as it had good reviews. My mom, elderly aunts and I were the only ones there for the noon time tour in late September. We parked and went out towards the beautiful harden and hen house where they have beautiful hens and lovely views. We then... More 

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Princeton, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

I found this to be extremely interesting. I had an excellent guided tour and learned so much about Melville that I hadn't known.

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

It has been a while since we paid a visit to the Museum for Herman Melville at Arrowhead, but memories are over the top. We drive by this (nicely refurbished) building daily and love the 'straw workmen' busily making their way for another day of chores.

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Portland, IN
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Our guide, Will, was well versed on Melville's history and thoroughly immersed us in his story. Certainly worth the time to visit.

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Newton, New Jersey
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I have been to Arrowhead three times in three years, and it is wonderful to see the restorations and improvements that have been accomplished. The house tour brings Melville and his family to life, even with the changes done to the house structurally after his time there. It is wonderful to imagine him writing Moby Dick while gazing out toward... More 

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