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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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9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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Beautiful grounds, interesting history, well worth the visit

My party had some time to kill, so we swung by Melville's Arrowhead. If you like history or literature, it's a great visit. Melville's life story is incredible. Awesome and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Charlottesville, Virginia
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My party had some time to kill, so we swung by Melville's Arrowhead. If you like history or literature, it's a great visit. Melville's life story is incredible. Awesome and knowledgeable staff.

Thank Pellinore9
Honolulu, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The facility wasn't opened to tourist, but wandering around the property was allowed. It's a beautiful, expansive place with large acreage and "straw people and animals" placed here and there, to simulate the lives of people at that time. Easy to find; nice drive.

Thank NateaBar
Brooklyn, New York, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A goodly of the Berkshire attractions close after Columbus Day... and a few more at the end of October. Some say they don't have heat, some say the flowers have all gone, but it may just be lower volume. Whatever. In any case, we stooped by, took some pictures, and didn't get in.

Thank David Z
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I loved Herman Melville's house. We went after the tourist season had finished so the house itself was closed, but the signs were still informative and the grounds were lovely. I'd recommend a trip over to Arrowhead even in the off-season.

Thank Katie F
Howell, New Jersey
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34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

If visiting Pittsfield, MA, Herman Melville's home is a must for any student of literature and/or history. This home is where numerous stories were written, including his famous "Moby Dick". The home is in excellent condition. On the guided tour you get to see all the rooms, which is sometimes not the case for historical buildings. The guide was excellent... More 

Thank Frank E
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

The Berkshire County Historical Society has the honor of having it's headquarters in a great old house on Holmes Road with great views of the Berkshire hills. It also happens to be the former home of Herman Meliville! Walk the same boards Melville did look out the widow in his study just as the great thinker and author did. Enjoy... More 

Thank IItravelers
Hartford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

The Mount Greylock range to the North was the inspiration for this authors famous book. Yes, a landlocked location and the solitude of the Berkshire setting. Be sure to look out the second floor den window that inspired Melville.

1 Thank Allen F
Vonore, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

This 1700's farmhouse is in remarkably good condition. It has some furnishings from the time Herman Melville lived here with his wife and four children and wrote Moby Dick ( long hand with a quill pen). Also in the home at the time were his mother, unmarried sisters, as well as his brother and his family at times also. It... More 

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Northampton, Massachusetts
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2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

A charming 19th century home with beautiful Berkshire views. I liked learning more about Melville, especially his adventures at sea, and seeing the desk where Moby Dick was written was strangely moving. As a bonus, I was able to buy. Moby Dick baseball hat 🐳😀

Thank Pappagalla
Nyack, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

This is not a Newport mansion. It is a relatively modest farm where Melville worked and provided for his extended family. Our very knowledgeable guide reviewed Melville's background and personality. This is so helpful in the reading of his works. Plenty of parking. Tours given regularly but check before you go.

Thank NellieNyack_NY

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