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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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Excellent guide, very informative; very much a part of Melville's life

This home was definitely an important location in Melville's life. It is where he wrote Moby Dick, and you can look out the window from his study and get the same view he saw... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
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East Hartford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This home was definitely an important location in Melville's life. It is where he wrote Moby Dick, and you can look out the window from his study and get the same view he saw when writing it. Not all homes can say that. The home is well-preserved, although it changed hands a few times so not all the furnishings are... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

The Herman Melville Estate is not the fanciest you will ever go into, but it certainly is beautiful and has amazing, sweeping vistas. Out tour guide, Devin, was incredibly knowledgable and knew so much about the history behind everything (including the furniture in the estate). The property the house sits on is intriguing; the Greylock Mountains are said to have... More 

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Fort Worth, TX
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

I thought this tour was great! Learned a LOT about Melville's life and saw the room where he wrote Moby Dick, too! Very affordable tour. Work it in on your next trip to the area. You won't be disappointed.

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Upstate New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The house is of moderate size, and access is to most of the first floor rooms and just a couple more upstairs. Much of the second floor is taken up with offices. It is fully furnished with period pieces some of which are original to the Melville family. Our docent was quite excellent and had an encyclopedic knowledge of the... More 

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Delray Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We really enjoyed walking melvilles property and seeing how he lived and knowing and seeing what inspired him to write. It was a perfect day weather wise so we loved being at arrowhead!!

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Newton, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Our tour guide, Devin, was excellent (enthusiastic and knowledgeable). We got a good overview of the Melville family and of Herman's time at Arrowhead. Not all of the items in the home are original to the house, but it is full furnished in period items with a good number of authentic Melville pieces. Fans of Moby Dick will especially enjoy... More 

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belmont ma.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Terrific tour guide, fascinating man, history and house. Gorgeous views from the property. Allow at least one hour.

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Brooklyn, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Well worth a visit. go on the tour to learn more about one of the great American writers of all time.

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nyc
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

If you are interested in literature and/or have read Moby Dick and enjoyed it, this is a must visit for you. Melville lived in this house for 13 years and wrote Moby Dick in it. You can see the desk he wrote on, and the view he had of Mount Greylock as he wrote. You can also see many family... More 

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Shortsville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Great history tour. Mostly authenic items. Nice grounds and good for a short hike. Tour guide was very good and knowledgeable. Answered my detailed questions.

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