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“Lovely Historic Home”

Emily Dickinson Museum
Ranked #1 of 27 things to do in Amherst
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Owner description: Open for tours from March to mid-December, the birthplace of Emily Dickinson is registered as a National Historic Landmark.
Reviewed July 6, 2012

The tour was relaxed and informative. It gave a lot of insight about the poet who happens to be one of my favorites. Amazing to go into her actual bedroom with the furniture intact to see where she did so much of her writing. Great info about the family history and dynamics and how her work was eventually published. Would highly recommend.

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Reviewed June 18, 2012

To hear about this reclusive woman and her life from the tour guide made her more than a figure of American literature, instead, it brought her to life. As a college alumna, am ashamed to admit that I never checked this out while in college but a visit to a friend living in the area at the time provided the opportunity to learn more about the woman behind such eloquent prose. Had visited a few years back but trip advisor unfortunately did not allow for the choice of date/year...

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Reviewed June 14, 2012

How could this quiet, very plain, some would even say homely lady who spent most of her life upstairs in her room express her life in terms of a "loaded gun"? That partial quote alone made me want to see Emily Dickinson's house and get a sense of who this woman was and maybe how where she lived influenced her incredible poetry. However, what I learned from well read docents (who were also enthusiastic & Fun) only added to the mysteries of Emily Dickinson -- I won't spoil it for you -- just know that "there was a real life Peyton Place going there in the mid to late 1800s and oh, yes, her life "...had stood -- a Loaded Gun -- " and then some! It was so intriguing to be in the house that was some portion of inspiration and also the background for various poems -- see her actual bed and the windows where she watched the birds she loved ("Hope is a thing with wings.") and the people of her world go by -- the steps where she sat surreptitiously with joy and interest to listen in on those who visited the house... You'll probably be curious enough to buy a book at the museum to find out more about her or getting one of the delicate teacups with a poem quote in her writing etched on the sides as a souvenir of a lovely and complex human being.

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Reviewed June 9, 2012

The Emily Dickinson Museum consists of the Homestead (where Emily lived after about age 25, becoming a recluse in her second-floor bedroom several years later) and Evergreen, the Victorian residence on the other side of the property, where her brother's family lived. The Homestead does not contain many original Dickinson family furnishings, since the house was sold and its contents dispersed, but the Evergreen residence was kept unchanged through the years by its owners up till 1988. A tour encompasses two floors in each building and takes a couple of hours, every minute well-spent. The well-informed tour guides seem to be retired faculty from nearby Amherst College, and are generous in sharing their wealth of information. In one room of the Homestead, we were treated to an excellently presented (with audience participation) explanation of how Dickinson wrote, how she turned over various choices of words, and how a change of just one word could dramatically change the import of a poem. It's hard to resist purchasing a book of poetry in the gift shop afterward. Restroom facilities are limited.

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Reviewed May 8, 2012

I've been to the Dickinson homestead twice on open-house days, and to poetry readings on the lawn, and have thoroughly enjoyed it all, and learned quite a bit about the poet and Amherst history.

I particularly liked seeing the interior of the Evergreens, the Italianate house next door in which Emily's brother Austin lived. But I can't for the life of me understand why the board of directors hasn't undertaken thorough preservation of this gem -- the homestead is an official National Historic Landmark. Given that the ceiling fell in on one of the rooms in the Emily Dickinson house a couple of years ago, the entire place isn't being cared for as it should -- but why? Aren't there enough Dickinson admirers with money who can donate? It seems insane, given that Dickinson is one of the US' most famous poets, with readers all over the world.

Those who would like to see Dickinson's grave can ask for directions to the nearby West Cemetery in Amherst.

Thank springbyker
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