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Herman Melville's Arrowhead

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Address: 780 Holmes Rd, Pittsfield, MA 01201-7152
Phone Number: 413 442 1793
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Lovely historic home with beautiful grounds

I have lived in this area for years and this is the first time I have visited the museum. It was an interesting tour and since I have read a lot of Herman Melville's work it was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
CEG310
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Berkshires MA
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Berkshires MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have lived in this area for years and this is the first time I have visited the museum. It was an interesting tour and since I have read a lot of Herman Melville's work it was particularly interesting to place the author with his environment. I had no idea about the surrounding grounds though. Although the house tour was... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Unless you are a real fan of Herman Melville, the house and tour are not very compelling. We learned a lot of Herman Melville's family history, but very little about the influences on his writing. The tour guide was lovely but lacked deep knowledge about Herman Melville's background or writings.

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spartanburg, SC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I thoroughly enjoyed my late afternoon visit to Arrowhead and was afforded a rare glimpse into the mind and life of Herman Melville. My charming tour guide, Sarah, was one of the best I've encountered in travels all over the US. Sarah made Melville and his work come alive during her presentation at every stop on the property. As a... More 

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Schenectady, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Easy to reach from NYS's Capital District and a short distance from Stockbridge, Herman Melville's Arrowhead is a definite place to visit for any literature lover, history buff, or time traveler. My traveler and I ventured out on a day with the predicted summer storms that would blow in and out through the day. Perfect for visiting a historic home... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

No insights to learn here, not very stimulating tour guide. But I enjoy seeing where and how people lived.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm not a big Melville fan, but this place is near where we were staying, so we checked it out. The property is the home to the local historical society, so there's a bit more to it than the Melville house. It was cool to see the place that Melville wrote Moby Dick. The tour guide knew a whole lot... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016 via mobile

You read in history about Melville and Moby Dick... well if you are a fan of the literary world and or want to learn some history this is the place to go... step backnin time and see what the way of life was for people way back in those days. Learn about Melville and other interesting information they tell you... More 

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Morristown, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

To be surrounded by the walls that contained the daily life of the greatest American author was riveting. To learn of his life, trials and tribulations in relation to his books made him seem more alive and real.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

Our guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. The house is well kept and the artifacts are nicely displayed. We had an enjoyable visit.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

I was disappointed in our visit to Arrowhead. I'm from the Berkshires and have been meaning to visit Herman Melville's house for years. I'm also passionate about historic homes and particularly, the authors or intellectuals who lived in them. I've visited the Emily Dickinson house in Amherst, Edna St. Vincent Millay's home in NY state, Olana outside Hudson, etc. and... More 

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Berkshires_Guy, General Manager at Herman Melville's Arrowhead, responded to this review

Dear Cecily K - Thank you for your comments. We are working with this tour guide to improve her interpretation. It is our privilege to preserve and interpret Herman Melville's Arrowhead, but sometimes the implementation is a work in progress. I do hope you return soon to learn more about Melville's time in the Berkshires. thanks again, Will Garrison, Executive... More 

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