Our tour guide, Cecilia, made the life of Herman Melville interesting and we learned much we did not know about the author whose major claim to fame, "Moby Dick" became popular long after his death. If it wasn't for a granddaughter who made this possible, this homestead would probably just be another house on Holmes in Pittsfield. There is nothing spectacular about the house and most that was there in the years Melville was the owner is no longer around, but with the guided tour you learn about this author which makes it worth a visit.
There was also an exihibit of sculptures about African American soldiers in the Civil War that was interesting. Coupons for a discount on the admission are available in free tourist magazines which you find readily available at motels and restaurants.
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