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Herman Melville's Arrowhead

780 Holmes Rd., Pittsfield, MA 01201
413 442 1793
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Ranked #5 of 19 attractions in Pittsfield
Type: Historic Sites
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Springfield, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Worth seeing, but house change constantly. We were 5 min. late and doors were locked. Had gone another time and learned a lot about Melville.

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Ossining, New York, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

In looking to visit the Herman Melville House, our biggest problem was finding it. Two of the better guides fail to have a "see" reference to the House. Only by scanning them we find it under 'Arrowhead'. The visit itself is good with knowledgeable guides taking us all over the House.

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South Hadley, Massachusetts
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I arrived late in the day and had to wait 30 minutes for a tour (I was the only there). Bob, the tour guide was very informative, discussing Herman Melville's family and his personal misfortunes. The tour encompasses 5 rooms. Photography is not allowed There are some trails here but I did not take them so not sure how long... More

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Shippensburg
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61 reviews 61 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Arrowhead was Melville's home when he wrote his masterpiece, MOBY-DICK. Looking out the window at Mt. Greylock, he thought it looked like a whale, and one of the greatest novels in American literature was born. Here you can tour the house and visit the gift shop, which often has displays and exhibitions sponsored by the Berkshire Historical Society. It's worth... More

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Ontario
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I'm so glad we didn't miss Arrowhead. If you're like us - we have read some Melville but not made any sort of study of his works - you'll find many of your assumptions about Melville and where he wrote are altogether wrong, but that the man who emerges is ever so much more engaging than you had imagined. I... More

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St. Paul, Minnesota
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

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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108 reviews 108 reviews
13 attraction reviews
171 helpful votes 171 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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45 reviews 45 reviews
24 attraction reviews
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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